Local Businessman Relocated Successfully

17th September, 2013
Devon County Council and Torbay Council have successfully relocated a local log cutting business to Edginswell, after fears that it would need to close.

Harry Stephens Yard was originally based in Kingskerswell, but the land was owned by Torbay Council and was on the line of the new South Devon Link Road.  Due to construction plans, it was originally predicted that Harry would have to close down the company.

Devon County Council and Torbay Council however found the business a new site located just 200m from the original location and the business has now started operating from the new site.

Harry Stephens Yard has been based in the area since 1984 – they store and cut logs and sell them to householders from Torbay and the surrounding area for firewood.

Harry said: “I was really worried that building the new South Devon Link Road would mean I would need to close my business as it’s directly in the line of the new route.

“My business is a way of life for me, so I’m really happy that Torbay Council found me a new site – it’s working out really well and we’re able to continue to supply local people with our logs and firewood.”

Gordon Oliver, Mayor of Torbay, said: “The new site for Harry Stephen’s Yard was suggested by Harry himself.  It is owned by a local landowner who was keen to help Harry continue to trade.  

“The councils had to use their discretionary powers to relocate the business – we are really pleased that we’ve been able to help in this way.”

Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth at Devon County Council, said: “The relocation of this business is great news and we are happy that we’ve reached a satisfactory conclusion for all parties.  We wish Harry Stephen’s Yard all the best for the future.”