Exmouth open for business

PUBLISHED: 13:59 03 March 2014 | UPDATED: 13:59 03 March 2014

Ian Thomas and Sheila Kerridge

Ian Thomas and Sheila Kerridge

Archant

Resorts including Exmouth and Budleigh are open for business despite being battered by recent storms.

That was the message from members of East Devon District Council (EDDC) last Wednesday.

EDDC’s cabinet member for Economy, Ian Thomas, spoke passionately about the need to remind potential visitors in the UK and further afield that the area is ready now to welcome visitors and our tourism businesses are looking forward to a busy Easter.

The first major holiday weekend of the year falls later than normal this year – on April 18 – and this will give business and local councils plenty of time to clear up the last vestiges of the mess left behind by the stormy seas and gale force winds.

He said: “TV pictures of waves battering our coast, and railway lines damaged make good Press, but people might get the impression that there’s no point coming to East Devon – maybe the journey will be impossible, or just too much effort.

“Nothing could be further from the truth.

“Local businesses from Exmouth in the West to Uplyme in the East, Budleigh, Sidmouth, Seaton and our inland towns, are open and ready to serve.”

He said volunteers and East Devon staff were hard at work repairing damaged seafronts and tidying the resorts.

“East Devon is a year-round tourist haven, with plenty to do in all weathers and loads of visitor attractions.

“We have some ‘crackin’ eateries and award winning accommodation for all choices and budgets - caravan parks, farm cottages, bed and breakfasts and first-class hotels.”

Sheila Kerridge, EDDC’s Tourism Champion said: “It’s easy to understand people in other parts of the UK assuming there’s no point coming to Devon at the moment.

“What they need to know is that we are a resourceful and resilient lot down here and East Devon is already bouncing back from the storms.

“Seaside businesses took a hit during February with a drop in bookings and in a lot of cases actual damage to accommodation, which limited their capacity. But the recovery is now mostly complete and businesses are looking ahead with optimism.

“Bookings are already picking up again for Easter and into the summer but there are still vacancies for the next few weeks.

We know that people can hold back a bit at times like this, but we need to ensure that everyone is aware we are ready to welcome visitors now – so come on down!”.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 16:06

A thieving son who broke into his father’s home when he was in hospital has been jailed after the victim told a judge he had broken his heart.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:32

A professional footballer paedophile who worked in Exmouth and was found guilty of child abuse has been told by a judge his ‘long jail sentence’ has been adjourned so he can apply for legal aid.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:50

A Judge has banned nightmare neighbour Alex Humphreys from returning to her former address in Exmouth after her ‘disgraceful’ behaviour towards other residents.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:55

Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare said it has been ‘humbled’ by the selfless generosity of the Harbour View Café.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:45

Police are appealing for information after an arm shield was stolen from a parked vehicle in Exmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:02

Plans to demolish a restaurant in Exmouth and replace it with seven houses have been withdrawn by the applicant, although revised plans are expected soon.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

An Exmouth family business is warning others to be vigilant after falling victim to a scam costing it around £1,500.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

A weekly class, inspired by a pensioner who is learning to read for the first time, has been launched in Exmouth.

Read more
Thu, 14:42

‘Be alert, not alarmed’ is the message coming from police in the wake of the attack in Westminster yesterday (Wednesday)

Read more
Thu, 14:24

Behind the lens with Exmouth based photographer - Brian Frost.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

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

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications