Councillor seeks tidy up ahead of Tour date
THE leader of North Devon Council is calling for a last minute clean up of Barnstaple ahead of the Tour of Britain visit.
Councillor Brian Greenslade says he is pressing Devon County Council to carry out work on Barnstaple's Pedestrian Statue and tackle overgrown weeds and grass in the town within the next week.
He said: "I've have been in touch with teams at County Hall as we want Barnstaple as tidy as we can make it for September 15.
"We are trying to get something done about weeds and grass cutting before the Tour arrives, and clean up the Pedestrian Statue."
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The sculpture, outside the library, is one of a collection of four statues, called The Devon Pedestrians, commissioned by Devon County Council for town centres in Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay and Barnstaple.
It was created by artist Carole Vincent in 1988/89 and is said to commemorate the Year of the Pedestrian and mark the 100 year anniversary of the formation of Devon County Council.
Mr Greenslade said: "The Tour is a great chance to showcase North Devon and will bring a lot of people to the area who do not normally come here.
"We hope there will be some degree of personal spending in the local shops, restaurants and cafés providing a boost to the local economy."