New signs point Ilfracombe visitors in the right direction

Posted on: 17 October 2018

New finger posts have been installed in Ilfracombe, as part of a joint project to improve tourist links in the town.

The new posts direct visitors to places of interest and attractions around the town, such as the High Street, theatre and harbour. Each post displays the average time it takes to walk to each attraction, which is particularly useful for families and those with difficulty walking. The fonts and colours used on the posts follow accessibility guidelines, so they are easy to read and understand.

North Devon Council and Ilfracombe Town Council applied for funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development through the Leader 5 Rural Development Programme and this was match-funded by Ilfracombe Town Council, North Devon Council and Councillor Mike Edmunds’ Devon County Council Investing in Devon fund.

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North Devon Council’s Executive Member for Economy and Regeneration, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “The old finger posts were out of date and in need of replacing, so we identified a funding opportunity and went for it – we would like to thank LEADER 5 for its support. The posts highlight the many attractions Ilfracombe has to offer and make it much easier for visitors to navigate around the town.”

Councillor Mike Edmunds, local ward member for Ilfracombe (East), says: “Speaking to many visitors along the seafront they did not realise that Ilfracombe has a unique High Street. The new finger posts will help to direct them there and to the other places of interest around the town, helping all to enjoy the wonderful facilities Ilfracombe has to offer.”

Mayor of Ilfracombe, Councillor Val Gates says: “The new finger posts have helped to modernise the look of Ilfracombe and are making it easier for tourists and residents alike to migrate around many features of the town. A number of volunteers from various groups in Ilfracombe have also been involved and are thrilled with the results. I’d like to thank each one of them for their efforts with this project.”

Councillor Rod Donovan at Ilfracombe Town Council says: “We are very much looking forward to working on the upgrading of our seafront as much of it is looking tired. At Ilfracombe Town Council we are very excited about this opportunity to work with other agencies to regenerate this vital area of Ilfracombe for both residents and visitors alike.”

Meanwhile, North Devon Council is working closely with the Ilfracombe Regeneration Board on a masterplan to regenerate Ilfracombe seafront. The masterplan will provide an overall scheme for the area that can be broken down into smaller projects that will be easier to deliver as funding comes available.

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