Council to seek operator for kiosk at Exmouth's Orcombe Point
PUBLISHED: 10:44 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:46 15 June 2017
The search for someone to run a new refreshment kiosk at Exmouth's Orcombe Point, which could open this summer, will begin in earnest next month, district bosses have said.
Planning permission for a timber-clad temporary kiosk to be sited for up to three years on a platform by the zig-zag path was obtained last week.
Now, East Devon District Council (EDDC) is preparing to search for someone to run the facility, which it describes as a ‘quality café concession’, offering teas, coffees and light refreshments.
It says it plans to market the opportunity in July, and expects a ‘strong’ response.
EDDC says details of people who expressed an interest to ward councillor Mark Williamson during the initial consultation on the plan have been kept on file, and they will be contacted to see if they would like to pursue the opportunity further.
Some servicing work which the council needs to carry out on the site before occupation is already underway.
Councillor Phil Skinner, EDDC’s portfolio holder for economy, said: “Orcombe Point brings back many fond memories for myself whilst a child growing up in Exmouth, as I am sure it does for many others.
“It is clear from the strong public opinion, which has been voiced, that a café facility at this end of our beautiful seafront is much needed.
“The [EDDC Exmouth] regeneration board has been working closely with council officers and Exmouth Town Council to look at replacing the old cafe on the zig-zag path with a new kiosk or small café and we have been proactive in placing a planning application to support this idea.
“It is therefore extremely encouraging that we have achieved consent for a temporary solution, which could be open this summer.
“This is a positive response by the council to public interest in and demand for such a facility at Orcombe Point.”
Cllr Williamson said: “I am delighted to see the progress made in replacing the cafe at Orcombe Point. This is what the public have called for over many years.
“I know it will be warmly welcomed by families enjoying our lovely beach and the many walkers exploring the Jurassic Coast.”