Westward Ho! Village Green
If you've been to Westward Ho! recently you will not have failed to notice that the village green has been brought back to life. If you haven't been there you really should, it's well worth a look.
posted: 10 June 2011
Torridge District Council is pleased to announce the completion of the first phase of works to improve the public realm of the district's prime seaside resort. The landscaping contract for the remodelled village green has been delivered in time for the summer season and will soon be available for full public enjoyment. It is anticipated that this project will form the foundation for an economic renaissance in the village.
This initial phase has been funded by Torridge District Council and Sea Change (a fund administered by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) and has been managed by Torridge District Council. The new green was designed, following public consultation, by Grant Associates and the landscaping contract has been delivered by Blakedown Landscapes working closely with the Council's Property and Procurement Team.
Sean Kearney, TDC Economic Regeneration Officer said, "This project has been long in the planning and it's great to see the improvement that has been achieved. With the new green, the further planned improvements to public spaces and the adjacent private development commencing things are looking bright for Westward Ho!"
Ward member for Westward Ho! Councillor Roger Tisdale said: "It gives me great pleasure to be able to announce such a success. I'd like to congratulate all involved with the project but especially those members of the community who volunteered so much of their time and enthusiasm in the early project planning stages. I will now continue to work to ensure further improvement and investment in Westward Ho! because after all it is the jewel in the Torridge crown."
An official opening event for the new green will be organised for later this summer when the lawn and planting is established and people can enjoy the improved space more fully.
Also this summer there will be further planting introduced to some of the new planting areas and the paths will be given a final surface dressing. Play equipment will also be introduced and the Council is now planning the refurbishment of the promenade in the autumn.