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

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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.”

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