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

10:16
Exmouth Business Awards evening. MP Hugo Swire has a go at the tables with chair of Chamber Of Commerce Ian MacQueen. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exe 0288-18-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

After hours of deliberation by the judges, the shortlist for the Exmouth Business Awards 2016 has now been announced.

Read more
12:30
George Nightingale is facing a battle with the council over alterations made to the inside of his premises Spoken on the Strand gardens. Ref exe 17-16SH 2276. Picture: Simon Horn.

An Exmouth councillor has called on district planners to reconsider a ruling which could force a town centre café/bar to close.

Read more

A headteacher who apologised to parents when pupils believed role-play was real has defended her tactics.

Read more
12:30
County Hall in Exeter.

An Exmouth man died from a cancer connected with exposure to asbestos, an inquest heard.

Read more
10:32
Graham Booker. Picture: Irving of Exeter.

A Sidmouth churchwarden, found guilty of pushing over an 85-year-old pensioner and kicking him as he lay on the ground, has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Read more
Exeter Magistrates' Court

A motorist who was caught doing 73mph on a 30mph residential road has escaped a driving ban.

Read more
06:30
Annie Tinsley from Budleigh Salterton will be climbing Kilimanjaro later this year and in the process raising money for the Nepalese Earthquake Appeal. Annie was near to Everest base camp last year when the quake struck. Ref exb 17-16SH 2233. Picture: Simon Horn.

A young Budleigh woman, who had to run for her life from avalanches on Mount Everest after last year’s earthquake in Nepal, is returning to mountaineering to raise funds for victims of the disaster.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30
St John's school's new director of music Clive Salmon is pictured with year four students this week. Ref shs 15-16SH 0405. Picture: Simon Horn

A keyboardist who performed on a charity recording of a David Bowie classic has taken the top music job at St John’s School.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:53

Police are warning residents about rogue traders after a Woodbury Salterton pensioner was conned out of £2,000.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:09

Voters will be going to the polls next week to choose the next Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 2°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