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Giant deck chair could be erected on busy Bideford roundabout

By NDJPhilippa  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

  • This is how the giant deck chair could look like on Bideford’s Heywood roundabout if the plan is approved

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A GIANT deck chair could be erected on a North Devon roundabout if a local businessman gets his way.

Rob Braddick, the managing director of Braddicks Leisure, was inspired to bring a monument to Bideford’s Heywood Roundabout, on the A39, after he saw a giant deck chair on Bournemouth beach in March. The roundabout is seen as the gateway to Bideford and Northam.

Mr Braddick said: “It would be a great bit of advertising for Westward Ho! I think people go past and don’t know Westward Ho! is just down the road. People miss it.

“I know it needs to be something you can see through the bottom of so the roundabout isn’t obstructed for drivers - so I think a deck chair is the perfect solution.

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“I was prepared for the company to pay for it and I have been looking at where I can get one made. It would weigh six tons.”

Mr Braddick’s idea has been taken up by Bideford Town Council which is in the process of setting up a working group with Northam Town Council to discuss how to spend their town and parish fund from Devon County Council and Torridge District Council.

At Bideford Town Council’s meeting last night Councillor Peter Christie made a submission that the deck chair project should be discussed by the joint working group.

He said: “This is our chance to make something of the main entrance to the towns, it is an ideal solution and something worthwhile we can spend the parish fund on.”

The councillors agreed to take this idea forward and to start discussions with Northam Town Council to set up a working group.

Mr Braddick today said he thought it could become Torridge’s version of artist Damien Hirst’s statue Verity, of a pregnant woman brandishing a sword.

The statue is planned to be erected in Ilfracombe next month.

Mr Braddick said: “Why not? We could even get Damien Hirst to make our own Verity who could sit in the deck chair.”

• Do you have a better idea of what should go on Heywood Roundabout? Send your suggestions and images to pjenkins@northdevonjournal.co.uk

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VIDEO: Mr Braddick said he was inspired by this giant deck chair on a beach in Bournemouth:

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  • smash4686  |  September 30 2012, 6:30PM

    Looks utterly horrendous. What is it with North Devon and erecting tacky statues? Damien Hurst is a terrible sculptor. Yeah get him to make a 'Verity' to sit in the chair. That'll look great!

  • westwardhobod  |  September 17 2012, 7:17AM

    If the giant chair was installed on the village green it would be somewhere to shelter under from the sun, wind, and rain. We lost our beloved Victorian shelters during the `re-generation' recently. Other villages and towns have some sort of over-head shelter for those who want to picnic out, or shelter from the rain, wind and the sun.

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  • Brizz_Tony  |  September 15 2012, 11:45PM

    Good idea, so long as it is maintained and isn't filthy and tattered in a couple of years time. If Westwardhobod is not exaggerating, the Westward Ho? needs all the advertising it can get.

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  • westwardhobod  |  September 15 2012, 12:41PM

    Can we have the deck chair in the centre of Westward Ho! square please. The new square really is ugly - rough tarmac with water puddles under several seats when it rains, a upvc window that is used as a notice board, unfinished painting of the top of the walls, 3 lights missing, NO TREES AS SHOWN IN THE PLANS, area used as a free car and van park, wall higher than shown on the plans so the view of the sea is restricted, a broken seat that is now taped off possibly because a vehicle drove into it, different door handles on the toilet doors and one looked to be hanging loose the other day, broken kerb stones where vehicles are driving over, keyblock paving brick laid on its side, oil stains - the list goes on and on. I thought about asking Mr Tisdale why he was proud of the Village Square recently, but he was busy eating an ice-cream with the developer from Latitude 51 on the Village Green.

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  • Sue200  |  September 15 2012, 7:44AM

    Fact is the deckchair in Bournemouth is ON THE BEACH not on a major roundabout on a busy A road. Silly man. We will be having weddings in the middle of Barnhenge next. Now there's a thought? Nice try though.

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  • maddogwoman  |  September 14 2012, 7:26PM

    Hey, maybe put a sun lounger on the barnhenge roundabout!! Or even better a giant Hockings Ice Cream Cone. Or maybe some working traffic lights!!

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