Seafront development - plans kept under wraps

09:41 28 August 2012

Aerial view of Exmouth Ref: 23-05-0043SH

Aerial view of Exmouth Ref: 23-05-0043SH

Archant

District bosses have defended their decision to keep under wraps new drawings for Exmouth seafront’s biggest shake-up in years.

East Devon District Council has earmarked the Exmouth Splash – including businesses between the old lifeboat station and the Maer – for development as part of its Exmouth Vision.

The first architect’s drawings for the much-debated plans have now been produced, and tenants and councillors saw them last week.

But, when the Journal asked to reproduce the drawings, the council said the rest of the community would have to wait until at least October.

The plans have previously attracted concern from groups including Exmouth Coastwatch – which fears its tower at the Harbour View café could be at risk.

However, many of the Splash tenants have previously said they want to work with the council – and EDDC insists they will be consulted.

An EDDC spokesman said: “We’re determined to do the right thing so far as these businesses are concerned, mindful of the sensitivity of this situation for our tenants. We gave tenants an undertaking when we met them in May that we would come back and share our initial thoughts with them.

“They have a right to see, understand and react to our ideas because it is their livelihoods that could be affected. The ideas are in the very early formative stages and there will be time for tenants, councillors and the community to discuss and influence any changes as they move from embryo to firm proposals.

“We will be holding a members’ workshop in mid-October and the ideas will be made public shortly afterwards.”

Exmouth member champion, Councillor Tim Wood, said: “Through the Exmouth Vision, we have always been clear that businesses with ambition to develop upgraded and imaginative leisure facilities could have a real part to play in a future Exmouth Splash zone. Some may decide it’s not for them, but we hope others will see these initial architects’ drawings and think ‘We could work hard to become part of this’.

“Businesses are seeing these drawings at the same time as EDDC members, so they really will be helping to shape what goes out for wider public consultation later in the year.”

The news on the Splash comes with less than two weeks to go until the first stage of bidding for the Elizabeth Hall site – put up for sale by EDDC – is completed.

The council has previously said that the number of expressions of interest already received on the site run into double figures. EDDC has suggested a variety of possible uses, including a hotel, restaurant or residential use.

However, the Friends of Elizabeth Hall group, which is aiming to save the existing hall and improve it for community use, is also involved in the bidding.

0 comments

Other News Stories

06:30

Pupils from Littleham Primary School were told about the 22,888 Roman coin hoard discovered in Seaton, 2013, before making their own.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

Budleigh Salterton traders are looking for someone to sponsor one of two new proposed life-saving devices in the town.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

A former Exmouth nurse is hoping a book of poems she has written over her lifetime will raise funds for a blood cancer charity.

Read more
Fri, 14:41

It’s ‘Flashback Friday’ and we found these pictures of Topsham station in the Exmouth Journal archives.

Read more
Fri, 12:30

Mindless vandals sprayed graffiti on a live animal on a farm near Exmouth.

Read more
Fri, 12:02

Devon saw an increase in Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants during December – with East Devon recording the highest increase of any district.

Read more
Fri, 06:30

A family has publicly thanked Devon Air Ambulance paramedics for saving their eight-year-old son’s life after his scooter tore his windpipe in a freak accident on Exmouth seafront.

Read more
Thu, 15:46

The number of recorded crimes in three out of four Exmouth neighbourhoods rose year-on-year in 2016, according to figures released by Devon and Cornwall Police.

Read more
Thu, 11:26

County planners have been asked to approve the long-awaited completion of Dinan Way at a meeting next Wednesday (January 25).

Read more
Thu, 06:30

The amount claimed in expenses by East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire during the last financial year has been revealed.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 3°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

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications