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

Town council pledges support to Coastwatch tower

09:26 10 September 2012

Archant

Exmouth Town Council has thrown its support behind the town’s NCI Coastwatch group, which faces continued uncertainty about the future of its watchtower.

The tower is part of the Harbour View Café – which is in the ‘Exmouth Splash’ area of East Devon District Council’s Exmouth Masterplan.

The group fears that the tower could be demolished as part of any redevelopment, and is demanding that it is retained or that a replacement tower is provided with the same facilities.

It said it was appealing for town council support as they thought negotiations with EDDC had gone as far as they could.

At a meeting this week, NCI member Mike Fowler told councillors: “What we’re here for is your help. We’ve been liaising with the officers of the [district] council, and think we’ve gone as far as we can in a constructive manner.

“We need to get reassurances that whatever outcome is chosen [for the Splash area] NCI facilities will be retained here in Exmouth.”

Mr Fowler said the NCI station has declared facility status, which allows it to work with other rescue services, and that the current tower gives coastwatchers a view of the channel and most of the red flag beach.

In response to the appeal, councillors were united in their praise of the NCI, and desire for the group’s activities to continue.

Mayor John Humphreys told Mr Fowler: “We place great value on the service you provide, and the benefits of you working with other agencies, and the people of this town and all members of this town council support your work, and we will fight, because there will always be a need for a watchtower on our beach.”

Councillors decided they would write to EDDC to support NCI’s case, including an insistence that if the watchtower is to go, it should not be demolished before a replacement is up and running.

1 comment

  • The watch tower may be part of the Harbour View Café and is no doubt serving a very important service to Exmouth beach goers but above all it is part of Exmouth’s History – We can’t destroy everything just for the sake of progress.

    Report this comment

    keithatela

    Monday, September 10, 2012

Other News Stories

12:30
Hugo Swire MP was invited to open the new Pete's Dragon suicide bereavement charity head quarters in Exmouth earlier this month. Ref exe 24-16AW 0191. Picture: Alex Walton

A grieving mum has found hope through heartache by helping to create new headquarters for the charity that was there when she needed it most.

Read more
Yesterday, 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
Fri, 16:12

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

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

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

Read more
Fri, 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
Fri, 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
Fri, 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
Fri, 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
Fri, 08:56
MEP Julie Girling.

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

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 15°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