The Strand - Barnstaple ("The Gathering")

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Simon Groves

Joined May 2010

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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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