Beware the future
PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 April 2013
ONE hundred years of Exmouth history will be disposed of, in the next month or so, following the town council meeting on the Monday, March 25.
Tory councillors pointed out that the Premier Inn will be progressive and innovative, for the future, encouraging employment and business people into what has been described in the East Devon newsletter as proposing new life and energy to some of the old and tired sites on the seafront.
They should have said these are the tired sites which belong to East Devon District Council, which seem to have been largely neglected.
The local Tory election leaflets stated they would not allow major development along our seafront; we voted for them and they reneged on their promise.
Conservatives who sit on the planning committee, followed the party line set by EDDC.
The lost toilet convenience was also asserted as a valid argument as part of the seafront amenities lost with this development.
It was quickly pointed out that EDDC has been given the assurance by Premier Inn that the public even on the beach, will be able to use the hotel facilities on site.
To be fair, many hotels do oblige those on the outside who need to use a loo, how this will be communicated to the many hundreds of people on a sunny day, who may want to use a toilet, I cannot imagine, and I believe this assumption of use to families from the beach, will be short lived.
What we have seen from the drawings is an Art Deco front exterior, but so far have neglected to point out where all the overflowing waste bins will be parked when waste is overflowing. Nobody will admit that the promise of jobs and businessmen would appear wherever this hotel was built and there is plenty of parking space all around the rail station and coach park. This area has all the attributes of the lovely estuary without intruding on such a small but important land mark as the Elizabeth Hall site.
This is not the first time this has been brought up, but Exmouth deserves a community arts and visitor centre that should raise the town’s profile, along with our Jurassic coast line that can show what is best about our promenade and its seafront.
This fight may well be lost, but beware of the future, and what the consultants, and those in the administrative positions, with all the developers have in store for us.