Friday, October 11, 2013
A new Strand shelter could still be built after town councillors considered the latest plans – and then rejected them telling county bosses to ‘think again’.
County bosses drew up preliminary designs for a new bus shelter and performance space bordering the new Strand Gardens and Rolle Street, and asked town councillors to take a look.
The plans depicted a five-metre-high, metal-framed, wall-less shelter, with seating on the Rolle Street side for use as a bus stop.
The design included a curved roof with glass panels which would have also offered shelter on the Strand Gardens side so it could be used as a performance area.
But town councillors asked them to go back to the drawing board.
The plans were the latest after two previous submissions, for a Pavilion building and café, had fallen through.
Last year a public poll was held and 60 per cent of respondents were in favour of just a bus shelter – the Journal understands that a dual-purpose structure, with a bus shelter on one side and a covered, unenclosed community area on the other,was what the public had voted for.
A county spokesman said: “Councillors concluded that more work needs to be done, therefore the plans are back with Devon County for further revision.”