Don't miss a story sign up to Exmouth Journal's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Councillors back Strand ‘shelter’ despite concerns

14:37 10 September 2012

Archant

A new bus shelter could be built in the Strand with a covered community area attached – even though a recent town survey appeared to kill off such a scheme.

In the survey, 60 per cent of respondents opposed a building in the Strand – two previous plans for which have fallen through.

While voters rejected a building, town councillors were told at a meeting this week, in a report by Town Team chairman Ade Brayley, that when written responses to the survey were taken into account, the number in favour of a bus shelter rose to nearly 34 per cent, and the number against a building fell to 48 per cent.

It was suggested that had they been asked directly, more voters might have backed a shelter.

A majority of councillors then backed a dual-purpose structure, with a bus shelter on one side and a covered, unenclosed community area on the other, for civic events, with associated landscaping.

They insisted this was not the same as previous controversial plans for a “pavilion” building.

Deputy mayor Bill Nash said: “This report clearly shows people don’t want a building as put forward in the past, but do want a shelter. All of us when we drive past and see people standing in the rain see we could do with a shelter.”

Councillor Eileen Wragg, who said the shelter should be subject to public consultation, said: “What we don’t want to see is a huge building. I think most people would favour a bus shelter. I think we do need a [portable] raised stage there. I believe it needs something with landscaping and more tree planting, in sympathy with what’s there at the moment, and this proposed public function.”

Although a majority of councillors backed the shelter, the decision was opposed by some, who said the plan went against the results of the survey.

Also, members of the Town Team, including Councillor Steve Gazzard and Franklins’ co-owner Jacquie Haywood, complained that the report the team had been asked to produce had only been compiled by Ade Brayley – and they had not seen it before the meeting.

Cllr Gazzard, who voiced support for just a bus shelter, said: “I’m concerned at the way this document has been written – there is spin in this document and I can’t understand how many times the people have to say no, they don’t want a permanent building on that site.”

Speaking after the meeting, Jacquie Haywood said: “This report was compiled by one individual without input from the rest of the [Town Team] committee. I have demanded that my name be removed off such an underhand and manipulative report and we shall continue to fight this ‘structure’.”

The town council will now recommend the shelter to East Devon District Council and Devon County Council, which would fund the project. A budget of £500,000 has been earmarked for a building on the site.

0 comments

Other News Stories

12:30
Evacuee Percy Cook (centre) pictured with Brian Curryer and Percy's sister Daisy Vickers.

A man evacuated to Exmouth during World War Two has returned to the town - and has struck up a friendship with another generation of the family which looked after him.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:12

Fly tippers could face fixed penalties of £400 under new powers approved by East Devon District Council.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:06
The Range is now open at Exmouth's Liverton Park much to Captain Range's delight. Ref exe 25-16SH 9725. Picture: Simon Horn.

Pictures of the new store

Read more
Yesterday, 15:21
Item stolen from a home in Exton.

Police are appealing for information after a burglary at a property in Exton.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:50
Ian MacQueen, chairman of Exmouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 8104-47-11AW

The chairman of Exmouth Chamber of Commerce says businesses will want to see market stability and political clarity, after the vote by the UK to leave the EU.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:22

The chairman of Budleigh Salterton Chamber of Commerce has called on residents to support local shops, following the Leave vote in the EU referendum.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Active Mums Cycling project

Mums in Exmouth are jumping on their bikes in order to encourage women to increase the amount they cycle for leisure and active travel.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:32
The EU Referendum results are in. Picture: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

In the wake of Britain voting to leave the European Union this morning, the leader of East Devon District Council (EDDC) says he ‘trusts the electorate’.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:56
MEP Julie Girling.

Julie Girling and Molly Scott-Cato both released statements following the EU referendum result.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:52
The EU Referendum results are in. Picture: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

Hugo Swire MP said people must work together to secure the best deal for Britain, following David Cameron’s announcement that he will step down as PM.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

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

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications