Friday, August 9, 2013
The end is nigh for Elizabeth Hall, with demolition crews this week preparing the site for its removal.
Hotel chain Premier Inn was given planning permission for a hotel on the site in June, and East Devon District Council (EDDC) concluded the sale of the hall site to parent company Whitbread last month.
And they are wasting no time in getting the building underway, with the hall being fenced off by Gilpin Demolition.
Whitbread’s Geoff Cook said: “Elizabeth Hall is a fantastic site for a new Premier Inn hotel and restaurant. We know it will be a big hit with our customers and we are working hard to have the hotel built and open as soon as we can. Our contractors are busily preparing the site for clearance which we expect to start in the next week or so.”
EDDC recently confirmed the hall site was sold for £1.247million, with an extra £202,000 in developer contributions, which would be put back into projects in Exmouth.
But the loss of the hall will be keenly felt by residents who fought to save it after its sale was announced last year, but despite a petition of more than 12,000 signatures were unable to change the council’s mind.