Beach shower funding approved

09:00 01 March 2014

P8485-10-10AW Holiday Guide 2010 pics, Exmouth promenade. Pic by Alex Walton

P8485-10-10AW Holiday Guide 2010 pics, Exmouth promenade. Pic by Alex Walton

Archant

Town hall bosses have approved the cash to run a public shower on Exmouth seafront.

The proposed shower unit, which would have four shower heads and foot baths, is set to be installed near the Octagon.

The shower itself will be paid for by Section 106 funding from housing developers, allocated by East Devon District Council (EDDC).

However, this money will not cover the cost of water or maintenance, so Exmouth Town Council has agreed to set aside £2,750 for this.

This figure is thought to be around double what the cost is likely to be, and if it did prove to be less it could free up the money to run additional showers.

If the cost does exceed £2,750, EDDC has agreed to step in and pay the excess.

Exmouth deputy mayor Councillor Bill Nash said: “Assuming we’re going to have a hot summer and lots of visitors, I think Exmouth deserves to have a seafront shower.”

Cllr Nash added that there was money in the Section 106 budget for more showers, but this would wait for the conclusion of work on the seafront. The shower idea was voted for by the public in a consultation to see how the Section 106 money should be spent, which also resulted in projects including the revamped skate park in Phear Park.

However, some councillors felt that showers should not be a high priority at a time of squeezed public spending.

Councillor Eileen Wragg said: “I do think it’s quite regrettable that EDDC can close toilets and yet afford to provide showers to people who may be better placed to pay for them.”

Councillor Alison Greenhalgh responded that the money had been provided specifically for uses related to sports.

She said: “This was what the public wanted. They voted for it and I think would be a great shame if we couldn’t go ahead.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Saturday, March 28, 2015
St John's Court team manger Trevor Moir, Senior Mental Health Practicioner Steve Hammond and Dr Teg Freer are pictured seated on the new bench that was presented by the Mens' Shed this week. Ref exe 0590-12-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A men’s social group has once again come to the rescue by hand-crafting much-needed seating for a vital local service.

Read more
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Hugo Swire stock picture

Hugo Swire’s election rivals have called on him to apologise after he was secretly filmed joking about welfare claimants at a Tory fundraiser.

Read more
Friday, March 27, 2015
Rolle College, Exmouth.  Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 9254-18-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Community volunteers have sealed a deal to reopen part of the mothballed Rolle campus for the Exmouth Festival.

Read more
Friday, March 27, 2015
A la Ronde Assistant House Steward James Weckmueller winds a Grandfather clock dating back to around 1820 which was made by David Whitelaw of Edinburgh. Every Sunday at noon during March visitors to the National Trust property can watch all the clocks in the house being wound and set. Ref exe 0537-12-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Visitors to A la Ronde this month have been watching the clocks at the National Trust house being wound and set.

Read more
Thursday, March 26, 2015
A rugby themed easter egg trail is taking place along the Exe Estuary

A special Easter egg hunt inspired by the Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off along the Exe Estuary Trail on Saturday, March 28.

Read more
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Ocean Blue. Ref exe 1212-33-14SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Leisure East Devon (LED) has announced it has agreed a 25-year lease to manage the Ocean Blue complex on Exmouth seafront.

Read more
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Topsham Devon Air Ambulance Trust is open for business again after a recent shop refurbishment. Cutting the ribbon is Tom Robertson, Chrissie Peel, Nigel Hare, Martin Bell and Sarah Woolfenden. Ref ext 1296-13-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

One of Topsham’s two Devon Air Ambulance shops held its grand re-opening on Saturday, March 21.

Read more
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Bus service cuts have been opposed by Budleigh Salterton Town Council.

Cuts to bus services in Budleigh Salterton could leave the town ‘cut off’ and affect its young people, representatives have warned.

Read more
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Exeter Crown Court.

An ambulance driver based in Exmouth has admitted driving on a forged licence. Eion Crowley, who was sacked from his job by managers, was given a two-year conditional discharge at Exeter Crown Court.

Read more
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Ref exe rolle college

Rolle College will almost certainly re-open in May, seven years after it was mothballed, and host the Exmouth Festival .

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder