Great Torrington High Street closed from 7 October for four weeks to resurface paving

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Posted on: 13 September 2019

Great Torrington High Street and Fore Street will be closed from Monday 7 October for approximately’ four weeks to resurface the pavements.

The essential work will include relaying many of the existing paving blocks and replacing those that are damaged. Some kerbs will also be relaid to improve pedestrian crossing points.

To enable the work to be carried out safely the road will be closed to traffic. Pedestrian access to shops and businesses will be maintained.

The work will be carried out Monday to Friday and shops and businesses will be open as usual during the works.

Some work will take place on Sundays when some shops will be closed. Some of this work is weather dependent, so timings may vary.

In addition some of the work will be carried out during the evenings or early mornings to ensure access is maintained to shops during normal opening hours.

While the road is closed a signed diversion route will be in place and pedestrian access will be maintained to those shops and businesses.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member

Councillor Stuart Hughes

Councillor Stuart Hughes

for Highways Management, said: “This work has been prioritised to ensure the footpath and road is maintained in a safe condition. Unfortunately we are unable to carry out this work without a road closure. This is to ensure the safety of our workforce and the public. We apologise for any inconvenience this work causes and assure you that we are doing our best to minimise disruption wherever possible.”

Councillor Andrew Saywell, the county councillor for Torrington Rural said:

Councillor Andrew Saywell

“I am pleased that the pavements in the High Street and Fore Street have been prioritised for repair works. Their condition has been a concern to me and for local residents and The Town Council for a long time. Although there will be a road closure I have been assured that everything is being done to keep disruption to a minimum and to complete the work as quickly as possible. The Town Centre will remain open for business during these works.”

Councillor Keeley Allin, Mayor of Great Torrington said:

Picture of Councillor Allin

Cllr Allin

“We welcome the opportunity to have the paving around the Square re-paved as we have been concerned about safety. We also recognise that it will greatly improve the aesthetics of the town centre. Unfortunately it does mean that the road through the town centre will need to be closed for approximately four weeks. However, shops and businesses will remain open. We have worked with Devon County Council to ensure we minimise the impact to shop keepers and businesses in the town by suggesting appropriate signage along the entries to the town and near the centre. We are also endeavouring to promote the fact that the town is still fully open for business and encourage residents and visitors to continue to visit.”

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