Half-term road closure in north Devon a 'bad idea'

A decision to close part of a busy road in north Devon during half-term has been criticised by a local tourist attraction.

Exmoor Zoo said it was angry that a mile-long stretch of the A399 had been closed to traffic during the holiday.

The road, between Stowford Cross and Four Ways Cross, will be shut for 24 hours on weekdays for three weeks.

Devon County Council said the road should be open at the weekends, with diversions in place in the week.

Lynn Reynolds, from Exmoor Zoo, said: "Half-term is our main kick-start to the season. This is the main artery into north Devon.

"Devon runs on tourism, to close a road on a half term is a very bad idea."

The chairman of Bratton Fleming parish council, Terry Shapland, said: "The work needs to be done, we appreciate that, but surely there are other ways of doing it."

A spokesperson for Devon County Council said the nature of the £400,000 reconstruction and resurfacing scheme meant the road had to be closed.

The council said diversions would be in place and tourist attractions were sign posted.

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