Consultation days planned for Pilton Park improvements

Posted on: 6 July 2017

Work has begun on a master plan to improve and enhance the public open space at Pilton Park in Barnstaple, as part of a project to reduce the risk of flooding at neighbouring properties.

Pilton Park is currently a flood plain, but a proposed flood defence scheme would see the River Yeo redirected through Pilton Park and alongside Pilton Causeway in order to reduce the risk of future flooding in the Pilton and Pottington areas of Barnstaple. Redirection of the river will facilitate delivery of new defences to reduce the risk of flooding at nearby properties and provide a unique opportunity to re-landscape and enhance the park.

Last month, North Devon Council held a series of workshops with key stakeholders, including town and district councillors, the Environment Agency, Devon Wildlife Trust, Historic England and Devon County Council, to discuss the park. LDA Design, who also designed the Olympic Park in London, will use feedback from the workshops to develop some designs as to how the park could be remodelled, which will be presented to the local community at a consultation event in Pilton on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July.

Executive Member for parks and leisure, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “We want the whole community to be involved with and get behind these plans. Pilton Park is a well-used and popular park and we want local people to tell us how they use the space and what improvements they would like to see. Please come along to the consultation events in July – we want as many residents from the Pilton area, and anyone else who enjoys using the park, to come along and have their say.”

Executive member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: “This is an important step to help protect this area of Barnstaple from the threat of flooding that is predicted from climate change. It is an imaginative scheme that could see significant benefits for this pleasant part of the town.”

Meanwhile, the council has installed equipment at the entrances to Pilton Park, which will count how many people use the facility throughout the year. The data will be used as evidence in support of grant applications for funding to make improvements to the open space.

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8 comments on “Consultation days planned for Pilton Park improvements

  1. Anne Hall says:

    Why is the river bed so silted up at rolle bridge and is not dredged. Surely this holds up the flow of the river.

    • Mair says:

      Hello Ms Hall, thanks for your message. I will send your comments on to the team carrying out the consultation, so someone should be in touch. Thanks

  2. Peter says:

    I live at Warwick terrace on St. George’s rd.I think pilton park is a massively important part of the surrounding areas flood defence.
    The pilton bridge by Texaco needs clearing out and there needs to be general maintenance of the river/ river bed. Questions need to be answered, for example where will the flood water end up if heavy rain coincides with a high tide, the water can’t get away fast enough and backs the river up, the water needs to go somewhere, where will it go? Will taking the loop out push the tide up further, towards Raleigh?

    • Mair says:

      Thank you for your comments, I will send these on to the consultation team. There is further consultation planned regarding the flood work, which hopefully will address all your questions. Kind regards.

  3. Beryl Foster says:

    I was born (85 years ago) and brought up in Yeo Vale and now live in the block of flats on Pilton Causeway and the corner of St. George’s Road.
    As a youngster I can remember Yeo Vale flooding as the Yeo silted up on the bend on Pilton Causeway and where R.G.B. extended their property, narrowing the course of the river. The flooding stopped when the wall on Pilton Causeway was raised together with the entrances into Pilton Park, any overflow going safely into the Park.
    If the Yeo is to be diverted across Pilton Causeway in a straight line this will mean a pint going into a half pint pot and flooding will certainly occur.
    Very urgent clearing is needed under the bridge by Texaco Garage and also the bank which has built up by Rolle Bridge.
    The plan for extra facilities in the Park for the children is all very well but it will be at the expense of certain flooding of Yeo Vale Road, St. George’s Road and probably Fairview.
    I urge Councillors to reject this scheme and concentrate on the clearing of the existing river bed.

    • Mair says:

      Thank you for your comments. I will send these on to the team organising the consultation. Kind regards.

  4. Rosalyn Barratt says:

    Please can you let the public know the location of the meeting that is taking place at Pilton on the 28th 29th July.

    • Mair says:

      Hello Rosalyn, the events are taking place in Pilton Park from 10am to 4pm on Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July. If you can’t make one of the events, a copy of the consultation information, plans and pictures is on our website at http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/consultations. You can email your comments to us following the link from this page. Many thanks.

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