Communities to be updated on A379 realignment scheme at drop-in sessions

A379 Slapton

Posted on: 11 June 2018

Public drop-in events will be held later this month to update communities around Slapton on the progress of plans to reinstate the A379.

The road between Slapton and Strete Gate has been closed since March after it was washed away by Storm Emma.

Work on the Devon County Council scheme is likely to start next month on the southern alignment of the reinstated route, near the junction to Slapton village.

The proposed plans for the reinstatement work and an outline of timescales for the scheme will be displayed at drop-in sessions at Slapton Village Hall on Thursday 21 June between 3pm and 7:30pm, and also at Strete Parish Hall on Monday 25 June from 4pm to 7pm.

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd has been appointed as contractor for the scheme and some of its staff, along with Devon County Council’s project team, will be on hand to answer questions at the drop-in events.

The southern alignment of the reinstated route will be implemented based on the existing planning permission. A planning application has been submitted for the northern realignment of the route, with work on this section following after planning consent has been received.

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “The County Council and contractor Alun Griffiths are keen to keep people informed of progress and what they can expect to see in the coming months as work gets underway. These drop-in sessions are a good opportunity for people to find out more and I would encourage everyone to come along if they can.”

Councillor Julian Brazil

Councillor Julian Brazil, local County Councillor for Kingsbridge and South Hams District Councillor, said: “It’s good that the contractor has been appointed. Now we need to get on and have the road opened as soon as possible. Local businesses are suffering and residents are frustrated. I’m hoping we can begin the road realignment in the near future.”

The County Council has been provided with £2.5 million of capital funding by the Department for Transport for the reinstatement work.

During construction, contractor Alun Griffiths will establish public information centres near the site which will be staffed once a week by the company’s public liaison officer.

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