Exmouth seafront café offered further extension to lease

PUBLISHED: 15:07 07 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:22 07 September 2017

The seafront Harbour View Cafe. Ref exe 7820-41-14SH Picture: Simon Horn

The seafront Harbour View Cafe. Ref exe 7820-41-14SH Picture: Simon Horn

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A closure-threatened café on Exmouth seafront has been offered a temporary reprieve by East Devon District Council.

The council was previously planning to end the Harbour View Café’s lease at the end of September, to pursue redevelopment plans for the site.

However, following its cabinet meeting on Wednesday, September 6, EDDC says it is now able to offer a further extension of its lease.

Councillor Philip Skinner, the council’s portfolio holder for the economy and chairman of EDDC’s Exmouth Regeneration Programme Board, said: “I am happy that EDDC is able to offer a lease arrangement which keeps the Harbour View Café open on an interim, short term basis, and until the site is needed as part of the Exmouth seafront regeneration project; this is a practical solution which gives the tenant further time to make alternative arrangements going forward, while at the same time offering a favourable and affordable rent.”

EDDC’s cabinet discussed the Harbour View Café, and also the nearby Exmouth Fun Park, which also forms part of the council’s proposed redevelopment site, and which had its lease ended on August 31.

An EDDC spokesperson said: “The council, as landlord, took back the former fun park site on Queen’s Drive having given the tenant extensive notice, a year’s extension and with the last 12 months of his tenancy rent-free.

“Last night, cabinet confirmed it was content with this outcome.

“Having the site vacant from now means that the council can prepare it for a range of new temporary attractions over the next year pending a long-term development future which will be the subject of local consultation and attract ideas from Exmouth people.”

Regarding the decision to offer an extension to Harbour View Café, the spokesperson said: “Now that the council has its development agreement in place with Grenadier Estates for a new water sports centre on the seafront, it is able to plan in more detail for the next steps and timing of the renewal of Queen’s Drive.

“This means that the council is able to offer the Harbour View Café a further extension of its lease which reflects the concerns of Exmouth councillors that this all-year-round facility remains open temporarily.”

The future of the café and fun park is still due to be discussed at an extraordinary meeting of EDDC, to be held on Wednesday, September 13.

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