Date set for work to start on Exmouth seafront regeneration

PUBLISHED: 09:44 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:44 30 August 2018

A summer view of Exmouth seafront from Ocean bowling alley terrace. Ref exe 33-16AW 3814. Picture: Alex Walton.

A summer view of Exmouth seafront from Ocean bowling alley terrace. Ref exe 33-16AW 3814. Picture: Alex Walton.

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The first ground will be broken next week on a three-phase scheme aimed at making Exmouth seafront a ‘modern, exciting and attractive’ leisure resort.

Work will start on ‘phase one’ - the realignment of the Queen’s Drive road and car park - on Tuesday (September 4), as part of the East Devon District Council-funded Exmouth seafront regeneration scheme.

Contractors have already been working on a site earmarked for a new car park removing trees and shrubbery from the area. Next week they will move onto realigning the road with work expected to be completed by spring next year.

The council is hoping to minimise disruption to the cricket and bowling clubs as well as the amusement arcade by introducing a ‘clearly marked’ traffic diversion which will go through the current car park.

Councillor Phillip Skinner, EDDC portfolio holder for the economy and chairman of the Exmouth Regeneration Board, expressed his ‘delight’ that work was getting started.

He said: “We’re working hard to ensure that things move on at a pace. I’m sure that once the Queen’s Drive redevelopment is in place, it will bring new investment into Exmouth that reflects the changing leisure expectations of residents, visitors and businesses.”

An EDDC spokesman said the existing car park will remain open until the new facility is ready for use and after the summer holidays a temporary entry and exit point will be created.

Work on the second phase of the project – a new watersports centre – is also expected to begin in 2019.

Seaside resort specialist consultant company HemingwayDesign has been employed to come up with a vision for ‘phase three’ of the project which is envisaged as being a mix of leisure facilities on the former Exmouth Fun Park site and the current Harbour View Café plot.

HemingwayDesign is currently asking for residents and traders to take part in a public survey to find out what features Exmouth’s wants to see incorporated into the regeneration project.

An online survey has been created and those who don’t have internet access can use computers at Exmouth Town Hall.

To take part, click here

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