Cliff-top shelter set to be restored

The shelter on Babbacome Downs, Torquay

The shelter on Babbacome Downs, Torquay - Credit: Google Maps

A cliff-top shelter on England’s highest promenade is to be restored.

The structure on Babbacombe Downs at Torquay dates back more than a century but has been hit by damage and misuse.

The downs were laid out as a grassed open area with flowers beds and cliff paths during the Victorian era.

The promenade is the highest in England and on a clear day visitors can see the Devon and Dorset coastline to Portland Bill, almost 50 miles away.

The shelter has been put out of use in recent months due to smashed windows and the inside seating areas being covered with graffiti and used as a toilet.

The restoration project is being organised by the St Marychurch and District Community Partnership with £4,500 from a Torbay Council community fund.

The three councillors for St Marychurch have each put forward the £1,500 they were allocated for improvements in their area.

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The shelter is due to be repaired and repainted by volunteers in the first week of June.

Partnership chairperson Chris Davies said: “Babbacombe Downs is a beautiful part of the ward and old structures like the shelter here should be maintained and preserved.

“Seeing it fall into disrepair has been quite disheartening and we’re pleased we have been successful in securing the funds and some very welcome volunteers who will make it possible for local residents to enjoy it once again.”