North Devon Council to improve 'shoddy' brass footprints in Ilfracombe
BRASS footprints in Ilfracombe pavements have not all been installed to the correct standard, North Devon Council admitted this week.
It followed criticism by some people of the footprints, which are costing £5,400.
The idea is to direct walkers around the Ilfracombe leg of the South West Coast Path which runs from the Cove car park, round the back of Capstone Hill and up towards the Torrs.
While some people have praised the idea, others say the installation work looks shoddy.
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This week North Devon Council said: "We're aware a handful of the footprints have not been installed to the quality we would expect and we are ironing these out with the contractor.
"Unfortunately, the persistent, heavy rain we had has caused unexpected problems.
"However, most are fine and although we've had a few negative comments, we've also had plenty of positive feedback too.
"They are being installed in three phases because we knew they would be tricky to install given the variety of different types of paving there are in Ilfracombe.
"Phase one – from Granville Gate to Capstone – was installed between mid-December and mid-January and we are now reviewing this phase before we embark on phases two and three.
"We will be working closely with the contractor to ensure the rest are installed to the quality we would expect."
In the end there will be around 90 footprints.
They will appear at points along the coast path to guide people in the right direction through the town.
They will start at Torrs Walk and finish at Larkstone.
The project has been funded so far by the South West Coast Path, costing £3,300 for the footprints and £2,100 for the installation. That also includes two explanatory plaques at each end of the route.
On Facebook Jay Clement said of the footprints: "Yet another waste of money due to a poorly executed plan... shame."
And Kevin Stone Driving School commented: "Brass and ice! Potentially a hazardous combination."