Council leader welcomes Government cash for Slapton
Posted on: 7 March 2018
Devon County Council leader John Hart this afternoon welcomed a Government pledge of £2.5 million to help repair the storm-damaged A379 at Slapton.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced the cash to repair the vital road link between Slapton and Strete Gate which was partially destroyed by Storm Emma and has been closed since last week.
Mr Grayling said: “The recent severe storms caused significant disruption right across the nation, but now we need to ensure we repair this road is repaired as quickly as possible.
“We are giving Devon County Council funds to repair the A379 so there is no long-lasting impact from Storm Emma on the vitality and prosperity of this area.”
Mr Hart said: “I am delighted the Government has moved so swiftly to reassure us about the funding for these vital repairs.
“Mr Grayling has this afternoon copied me in to a letter he has sent to Totnes MP Sarah Woolaston confirming that the £2.5 million will be available to the county council.
“I want to pay particular tribute to Sarah Woolaston for taking this issue to the heart of Government so promptly and raising it with Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Questions today.”
Mr Hart visited Slapton yesterday with his Cabinet member for Highway Management, Stuart Hughes, and Devon County Council engineers.
Afterwards both men pledged that the road would be re-instated as soon as possible and Mr Hart said he would be lobbying the Government for financial assistance.
Mr Hughes said: “Slapton really bore the brunt of Storm Emma and it was devastating to see what happened here as we looked at the site with engineers.
“We know how important this route is for local people and also for the local economy with the amount of visitors who come here.
“Our teams are doing their best to clear the shingle as quickly as possible and then we can start looking at options for the road.”
Devon County Council is already working up designs and costs to re-connect the route while recognising the environmental sensitivity and designation of the area.
County council diggers are continuing to clear shingle from the stretch from Slapton junction to Torcross and to remove overhanging sections of the road between Sands Road and Strete Gate.
The co-operation and agreement of affected landowners will be vital to the delivery of any scheme. The county council is working alongside its partners from the Slapton Line Partnership, which includes South Hams District Council, Environment Agency, Natural England, South Devon AONB, the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, and the Field Studies Council at Slapton Ley.
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