Westward Ho! burrows gate to remain open

The metal barrier put up by the council as an 'interim measure'. Pic: North Devon Surf School.

The metal barrier put up by the council as an 'interim measure'. Pic: North Devon Surf School. - Credit: Archant

Council will resume charging at the Westward Ho! gate to Northam Burrows tomorrow (Tuesday) as gate is set to stay open.

Torridge District Council has opened the gates at Northam Burrows.

Torridge District Council has opened the gates at Northam Burrows. - Credit: Archant

THE Westward Ho! gate of Northam Burrows will now remain open, Torridge District Council has confirmed.

The council came under fire last week when it closed the popular access without consulting businesses or members of the public.

Council officers claimed a number of ‘near misses’ had sparked health and safety fears.

But after an uprising from local people and businesses – including one person sawing off the new gate imposed – the council reopened the gate for a trial period.


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Free parking was offered for the bank holiday weekend and today (Mon) the council has confirmed the gate will remain open.

Ray Webster head of environmental health, housing & public protection, said: “The Westward Ho! gate is open today and there is free access onto the Burrows.

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“From tomorrow the Westward Ho! gate will remain open but there will be charging as per normal.

“As an interim measure to mitigate safety concerns the council has erected a new safety barrier adjacent to the toll hut.

“Longer term arrangements are currently being reviewed.”

Justin Hillyer, of North Devon Surf School, said he was just glad the car park was open again.

He said: “We’ve had a busy bank holiday with sunshine and great surf and there has been no congestion or problems whatsoever.

“Now they have put up a three-foot high metal barrier which probably cost them about £50 and the health and safety man has said its ok.

“We’re just happy they have opened it back up and it’s all back to how it has been for the last 50 years or so.”

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