Cer­e­mony as road re­opens

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AN OF­FI­CIAL cer­e­mony has been held to mark the re-open­ing of the main A379 seafront road at Slap­ton af­ter it was smashed to pieces in storms ear­lier this year.

Totnes MP Sarah Wol­las­ton was among the guests at the event, along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the lo­cal com­mu­nity and lo­cal busi­nesses.

Devon County Coun­cil Chair­man Caro­line Chugg un­veiled an in­ter­pre­ta­tion panel de­tail­ing the time­line for Slap­ton, in­clud­ing the re­pairs which have been de­liv­ered.

Con­trac­tor Alun Grif­fiths re­aligned two sec­tions of the road which had been washed away in March, mov­ing them fur­ther in­land. Due to the en­vi­ron­men­tal sen­si­tiv­ity of the area, the county coun­cil worked closely with the Whit­ley Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Trust and the Field Stud­ies Coun­cil to pre­serve wildlife.

Dr Wol­las­ton said: “This isn’t just a road, this is a link be­tween all the com­mu­ni­ties along this coast­line. I think we all owe a huge debt of grat­i­tude to all those in­volved. This was a real part­ner­ship and a real trib­ute to ev­ery­one in­volved.”

Cllr Chugg added: “Ev­ery­one should take great pride in what’s been achieved here – it has been an am­bi­tious project, and the lo­cal com­mu­nity’s pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing has been ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Work is con­tin­u­ing on sea de­fences near Tor­cross.

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