Work now complete at St James Park

View across the harbour from St James Park

Posted on: 8 June 2016

A project to enhance St James Park in Ilfracombe is now complete.

North Devon Council has installed a new information board explaining the history of the some of the features visible in the spectacular views from the hilltop park across the harbour.

Since the project to revitalise the park began, the council has cleared overgrown shrubs, improved signage and seating, planted new herbaceous shrubs and repainted the lookout shelter.

The £9,000 to complete the project was made available through Section 106* money from the McCarthy and Stone development of flats, which is next to St James’ Park.

Executive Member for parks, leisure and culture Councillor Dick Jones, said: “St James Park is a bit of a hidden gem, with stunning views across the harbour and beyond. These improvements have made the park a much more welcoming place for the local community to enjoy.”

Local ward member, Councillor Mike Edmunds, said: “I am certain that opening up the views of the harbour and coast will greatly increase the number of people using the park.”

Ilfracombe member Councillor Geoff Fowler, said: “It’s really good to see the park return to some of its original glory. The opening up of the vistas should encourage more folk to frequent the park and enjoy its tranquility. The historical interpretation board will also provide a timely reminder of what the whole Harbour area used to be like and how things have changed.”

*Section 106 is money paid to the council by developers as part of the planning conditions of large planning applications. The money can only be used for education, local community and public open space projects.

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