The Strand - Barnstaple ("The Gathering")  by Simon Groves

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The Strand - Barnstaple ("The Gathering") by 

Digital Rendering using photography as the basis.

Scottish Highland Cattle…. definitely not ‘Aberdeen Angus’…. (not seen often in these here parts!!…) stroll un-restrained along one of Barnstaple’s most well known streets “The Strand”.

This is not Aberdeen for is Barnstaple in North Devon, England, UK!

The Strand – Barnstaple

I used to go to the cinema (The Regal Cinema) here on The Strand in the 1970s and 80s. It was a classically 1930s art deco…plastered building…white with very tall white pillars supporting the facade appearance over two or three stories. opposite the regal cinema was the The Strand Bus Station which used to be a very busy hub of travel in and out of Barnstaple by bus. now the street is a pedestrianised area with much promise. New reataurants are doing good buisiness on The Strand with an altogether new and charmingly calm and fresh feel to this once busy, exhaust fume smoked thorough-fare.

Here are some notes from the online North Devon Council public consultation dialogue…a few years ago, when the whole street and Barnstaple’s Town Square were radically reworked, and replanned.

The Square and The Strand:

There was strong support for the proposals for The Square and The Strand, with 75% of respondents generally agreeing with the plans and 72% endorsing the principle of making The Strand one-way away from The Square.

With over 10,000 pedestrians and cyclists crossing The Square and more than 475 buses and 30,000 other vehicles passing through The Square each day, a scheme is needed which will support the Bypass and make the area more attractive.

The opening of the Bypass is expected to lead to a 50% reduction in traffic on The Strand and a 20% reduction on Longbridge. In addition, if The Strand is made one-way there would be the bonus of a 50% reduction in traffic in Rolle Street.

However, additional schemes are needed if the town is to maintain this level of success. The proposals for the Strand and Square are the cornerstone of a series of schemes planned to maximise the impact of the bypass.

The proposals have now been worked up in detail and include:

•The Strand becoming one-way from The Square. Detailed proposals for traffic restrictions on the Strand will be advertised next summer.
•A new public space in front of the museum in The Square.
•Taw Vale realigned as it enters The Square with only buses and taxis allowed to enter The Square from the Newport direction.
•Improved cycle route across The Square.
•Improved walking routes across The Square.
•Enhancement of the open space along The Strand.

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  • Tanya Newman
    Tanya Newmanover 4 years ago

    WOW that is just so awesome, I love those Highland Cattle :)

  • Thank you very much Tanya! my favourite Cattle! :)

    – Simon Groves

  • Tricia Winwood
    Tricia Winwoodover 4 years ago

    I like it Simon, love them highland cattle x

  • Thank you very much Trish…very glad you like this one!

    – Simon Groves

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 4 years ago

    Well done!

  • Thank you very much~ ! :)

    – Simon Groves

  • NewThing
    NewThingover 4 years ago

    Lovely job, and wonderful concept yet again! xx

  • Ahh bless you!

    – Simon Groves

  • dperalta
    dperaltaover 4 years ago

    Whatever the reason the photorealism is Incredible!

  • Hello Debi, and thank you!

    – Simon Groves

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 4 years ago

  • Well thank you very much Hugh! :)

    – Simon Groves

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • thank you very much Francis.

    – Simon Groves

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeover 4 years ago

    So very creative…well done!

  • Hello Richard!… Thank you very much!

    – Simon Groves

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago


  • Sylvia thank you!!

    – Simon Groves

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

    very cool work, Simon!!

  • Hello Maureen, thank you!! Hoping things are good..and you are well! :)

    – Simon Groves

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