PUBLISHED: 02:01 02 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:06 10 June 2010
THE DRIVE to deliver economic regeneration for Exmouth has stepped up a gear with the first meeting of the Exmouth Regeneration Programme Board. Its aim will be to deliver projects to revitalise the economic vibrancy of the town and to resolve difficult
THE DRIVE to deliver economic regeneration for Exmouth has stepped up a gear with the first meeting of the Exmouth Regeneration Programme Board. Its aim will be to deliver projects to revitalise the economic vibrancy of the town and to resolve difficult issues that need to be understood and overcome.Among these projects is the proposed enhancement scheme for The Strand, which will be the subject of a public consultation exercise starting this summer.The board will deal at a strategic level with the various elements of the regeneration programme to ensure there is joined-up thinking, but it will not become enmeshed in matters of detail or any disputes over individual schemes and projects. That will be left to those responsible for funding, negotiating and delivering those schemes.At the inaugural meeting, one of the first decisions was to agree a "vision" and terms of reference. The "vision statement" is: to provide leadership for the Exmouth regeneration programme and to champion the regeneration agenda for Exmouth.The terms of reference are:l To provide a co-ordinating vehicle between the three local authorities* and to provide an interface with the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) and other statutory bodies.l To establish a regeneration programme for Exmouthl To monitor progress on achieving the delivery of the regeneration programmel To provide strategic leadership for the regeneration programmel To co-ordinate and oversee major physical development projectsl To inform the work of East Devon's Local Development Documentsl To co-ordinate the efforts of infrastructure providersl To unlock barriers to delivering the regeneration programmel To co-ordinate procurement of specialist advice or services from the private sectorl To identify opportunities associated with national and regional funding streams and the programmes of other agencies to bring in resourcesThe board is to be chaired for its first three years by Councillor Peter Halse, EDDC's Portfolio Holder Economy, who will also act as the group's press spokesperson.Other members are: Councillors Eileen Wragg and Bernard Hughes (Devon County Council); Councillors Darryl Nicholas and Tim Wood (EDDC); Councillors Pauline Stott and Mark Williamson (Exmouth Town Council); Tony Collins (Exmouth Town Management Partnership Board); Tony Alexander (Principal of Exmouth Community College); SWRDA one seat; Environment Agency one seat; Natural England one seat, and the Devon Primary Care Trust one seat.Private sector three seats - to include Simon Wood, secretary of Exmouth Chamber of Commerce, and Richard Jacobs, an Exeter businessman; plus one further appointment to be made.Also attending the board's quarterly meetings will be senior officers of Devon County Council, EDDC and Exmouth Town Council, as appropriate.One of the first projects to be tracked will be the proposals for a wide-ranging improvement scheme at The Strand. Devon County Council, EDDC and Exmouth Town Council are working together on a public consultation exercise that will start this summer.* Devon County Council, East Devon District Council and Exmouth Town Council.