Friday, October 4, 2013
There are fears that the new Exmouth Splash proposals will lead to the loss of a popular children’s play area.
Deputy mayor Bill Nash said he had concerns because the preliminary Splash proposals indicated that the play area, next to the bowling club, could be developed and a hotel could be built.
At a special meeting of the town council to discuss the proposals for a £10million, 3.6-hectare ‘leisure zone’, councillors debated the merits of the outline plans.
Councillor Nash said if the play area was lost and a replacement play area built, parents could be priced out.
He said: “It is not only the process of building taking place but if the play area is ever replaced it’s the cost.
“The type of money required would be so astronomical it would not be an affordable place for children to go.”
He said his grandchildren used the area and it cost around £2 – he had fears that a new play area could cost as much as £5 or even £7.
He added: “I am not saying no to building anything, a hotel or accommodation, but the play area must be protected.”
He said to the district council’s regeneration manager Alison Haywood who was present: “Please take this message back to the regeneration board – we do not want to lose the play area.”
Alison Haywood said: “To have children’s play facilities either near or in the site is a very important part of a new development.
“We will ensure that there is an external play facility on the site still.”