Do only 200 people care about Exmouth’s future?
Less than half-a-per cent of Exmouth residents have bothered to have their say on proposals which include a new supermarket on the Exe.
LDA Design was commissioned by East Devon District Council and Devon County Council to draw up a blueprint for the town centre and seafront over the next 15 years.
It includes proposals for the seafront and Elizabeth Hall, pedestrianising parts of the town, a new ‘linear park’ along the Exe, a new transport interchange and the regeneration of the London Inn carpark site.
Council bosses want to know what people think before they formally discuss them.
The public consultation began on June 27 – but with the process finishing on September 12 just 200 people have completed questionnaires.
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A council spokesman said: “With a population of over 35,000, this is only 0.5 per cent of people in Exmouth, not taking into account all Exmouth’s businesses and visitors.
“It’s not too late to get involved…to shape Exmouth’s future by having their say before the consultation ends.”
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As part of the campaign posters on stakes have been put at a number of key sites where the draft masterplan report proposes change.
These posters are intended to provoke people to go on the masterplan website, where they will be encouraged to read the summary and fill in an online questionnaire.
The chairman of the Exmouth regeneration programme board, district councillor Andrew Moulding said: “I would urge everyone to get involved in commenting on the draft masterplan before it’s too late.
“I am sure more than 200 people must care about the future of Exmouth.
“The worst possible scenario is that people do not make their views known and then dislike the things that happen later on – when it’s too late for them to change it.”
You either can go to www.exmouthmasterplan.co.uk, chat with councillors on Saturday September 3 between 10am and 2pm in the Magnolia Centre or if you are a trader there is a special event at the town hall on Wednesday 31 August 31 from at 6pm.
Paper copies of the questionnaire are available at the town hall.