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

Yesterday, 12:30

Board members of Rolle Exmouth Ltd (REL) last week said goodbye to the former college campus they had fought tirelessly to preserve for future generations.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:21

A dog which was last seen running into the sea on Exmouth beach is still missing.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:15

Fire crews were called to attend a road traffic collision in Clyst St George.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

A series of information events will bring Exmouth residents up to speed with changes to recycling collections in the town.

Read more
Thu, 18:30

Exmouth Cares – the charity shop behind Mona Island, Exeter Road which supports the local Alzheimer’s group – is holding a Christmas event this Saturday (December 10), 10am to 4pm.

Read more
Thu, 15:41

Darren Legge, aged 49, from Exmouth, has been jailed for attacking a woman outside a pub

Read more
Thu, 14:27

A jealous ex boyfriend has been ordered to pay compensation to a victim who he attacked after learning he had kissed his former partner.

Read more
Thu, 13:04

Exmouth lifeboat volunteers were called out to help a fisherman who lost his oar yesterday afternoon.

Read more
Thu, 12:30

Detectives are appealing for information about a burglary when jewellery was stolen from a home in Brixington.

Read more
Thu, 11:30

Vandals have desecrated a beauty spot near Exmouth.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

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

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications