Dinosaur-shaped building for Exmouth?

PUBLISHED: 06:30 27 December 2016

Initial drawing of how an environment centre shaped like a dinosaur could look.

Initial drawing of how an environment centre shaped like a dinosaur could look.

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New facilities such as an exhibition centre or a building shaped like a giant dinosaur could enhance Exmouth for residents and visitors, a community group has said.

Transition Exmouth has put forward three proposals for new buildings as part of the Exmouth Neighbourhood Plan process, one of which it says it would like to see adopted.

The first idea is for an environment centre, ideally in the shape of a dinosaur, with visitors exploring the inside of the creature’s body in an interactive audio-visual journey. They would discover the environment of Exmouth through its prehistory, its present and its possible future.

The second idea is for an exhibition centre. This would be open all year round and have a frequently-changing programme of small to medium-sized car, boat, craft and trade shows, and would also be suitable for live performances.

The third idea has a working title of ‘Experience Exmouth’, and would celebrate the town’s past, present and future, with much of the content coming from residents, as well as offering rooms for community use and an exhibition area.

Transition Exmouth says funding for a new building would come from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which would probably need to be augmented by other local and national partners together with possible Lottery funding.

It says any new building would be built to the highest standards of sustainability.

No specific locations have been suggested.

Transition Exmouth’s Roger Gibson said: “The buildings could be anywhere in the town centre or seafront. They could be new buildings or adaptations of an existing building.

“We don’t want to state a preference between the three ideas because they are up for public discussion and it is up to the residents of Exmouth to decide whether or not they want any of the three ideas (or variant of the ideas) to be included in the Neighbourhood Plan.”

Transition Exmouth is asking the public to get behind one of the ideas in the Neighbourhood Plan process by emailing npsg@exmouth.gov.uk, or by writing via Exmouth Town Council, 44 Rolle Street, EX8 2SH.

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