A CORNER plot in Chulmleigh affectionately known as the "town square" is to get a revamp, if planners give consent.

Red Lion Corner in South Molton Street was created as a public space after the demolition of two buildings in the 20th century to allow for road improvements.

Now Chulmleigh Parish Council has applied to North Devon Council for planning consent to replace the “clutter” of benches and planters, plus a shelter and a cycle stand.

New checkerboard paving will be laid and there are plans for a mural too.

The council wants a “high quality environment that meets multiple needs”.

It says Red Lion Corner, next to the Grade II Red Lion Hotel, is an important meeting area for social engagement and enjoyment.

The council and the public highlighted it as a priority project for a spruce up in a public consultation.

The council believes the curved bench and planter in front of the window of the hotel will be “ideal for offering respite to residents as they witness the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Chulmleigh”.

Existing bins and the town sign boards will be relocated, whilst the display board including the town trail will be put in a shelter.

Alison Stephenson