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Bideford's £1 million Atlantic Array wish list is shelved

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: December 06, 2013

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BIDEFORD Town Council has been told its £1 million wish list will now have to go on the back burner following the news that Atlantic Array plans have been scrapped.

In July, Bideford Town Council, along with four other parishes were told to draw up a wish list of ways to spend part of a £1 million windfall in mitigation for onshore works due to be carried out for the wind farm.

However, last week's news that developer RWE had scrapped plans for the 240-turbine development nine miles off the North Devon coast, has meant plans to spend the money will now have to be shelved.

Among items on the list were a road train, cable car, and an Eden Project-style dome.

Councillor Peter Christie, chairman of the planning committee at Bideford Town Council, said the news was disappointing.

He said: "We were told to think big when compiling the list, so all of the councillors put their heads together.

"We are used to dealing with day-to-day issues, and it is not every day that you get told you could have that amount of money to spend."

However Mr Christie said councillors were told from the outset that nothing was definite, and not to get their hopes up.

He said: "It's disappointing, of course, but it was certainly an interesting exercise, if only to see what all the councillors thought.

"And it has also highlighted some great future aspirations for the town."

Without the money from the Atlantic Array, the council will now have to re-evaluate its wish list.

Mr Christie said: "We will have to look at the 15 items on the list, and see which, if any, might be achievable for the town when and if the funds become available."

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  • Fatalist  |  December 07 2013, 11:18AM

    How many years have the council been promising to develop Bideford's Pill and Rope Walk into a set of revitalised facilities? Where is the shopping centre and planned multi-deck car parking which was said to be in the pipeline for the Allhalland St carpark and shop front area? All this council seem to be able to do is say 'yes' to developers and commercial concerns to projects that overload the roads and local infrastructure. Look at the building that's gone on above the old paint mines in East the Water, the meadows ripped up opposite Londonderry Farm, the housing erected at Cornborough and Hanson Park, and now the proposals for more housing both sides of the A39 Clovelly Road, opposite and behind Atlantic Village. Kill off the town centre seems to hold centre stage in their agenda, and putting a stranglehold on the roads - the local infrastructure is being overloaded and there's no investment in improvements. Oh. sorry - I was forgetting that they've repaved Cooper St... big deal! What the town needs isn't what's being done and it will end up ruining everything here.

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  • Stork  |  December 06 2013, 2:42PM

    Glad to see the Atlantic Array has been " blown out". Although, it's a shame there's no £1 million bribe, err sorry, windfall to spend.

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  • D_Hare  |  December 06 2013, 10:34AM

    Think big.... yeh Ok, a road train. Kidding!! LOL As for Eden Style Dome, i'm sure that idea was poo pooed a few years ago when proposed for Brunswick wharf. Or was it just not invented here syndrome????? Welcome to the kindergarten

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