The following is a news release as issued by North Devon Council:
Major improvements are being planned for Ilfracombe Harbour to make it safer and more welcoming to its visitors.
The plans include:
- creating an official entrance so people know they are entering the harbour
- improving the facilities for the commercial operators with brand-new, fit-for-purpose, ticket sales kiosks that are modern, inviting and designed in cooperation with the interested boat trip operators
- removing the 1950s booths which will open up the vista of the harbour entrance to be more welcoming for residents and visitors
- widening the road, vastly improving the safety of pedestrians and cars
- creating a larger trading area for the commercial boat operators along the side of the pier, alleviating the cramped and congested area occupied by the old booths, creating a more pleasant environment for all harbour users
- enabling the underlying pipework that provides fresh water to be upgraded which is currently hard to access.
Chairman of Ilfracombe Harbour Board, Cllr Geoff Fowler, says: “The current booths were never built for their current purpose and do not reflect the image of regeneration that Ilfracombe is striving for. There is now the opportunity to look to the future and bring in a new era of vitality to the harbour for the benefit of everyone.”
Deputy Chairman of Ilfracombe Harbour Board, Cllr Ian Meadlarkin, says: “Ilfracombe Harbour is a wonderful facility but it needs to be made safer and more inviting. These plans are about celebrating the heritage of the harbour but also making it fit for purpose for the future.”
The new kiosks are due to be installed in April with a planning application for the road widening expected to be made later in the year.
A public consultation will take place on what the public would like to see marking the new entrance.