Exmouth seafront legal settlement: Fun Park to close after summer 2017
PUBLISHED: 16:11 24 May 2016
An Exmouth seafront tourist attraction has been given a stay of execution - but will close after next summer, it has been revealed.
Chris Wright, tenant of Exmouth Fun Park, and his mother Maureen, joint tenant with Mr Wright of the neighbouring Arnold Palmer mini-golf course, have been in dispute with landlord East Devon District Council (EDDC), which wants to evict them to pursue redevelopment plans.
The council wants to develop new buildings and leisure facilities at Queen’s Drive, between the old lifeboat station and the Maer.
Previously, the Wrights secured trading for the summer of 2016, while waiting for their next court appeal application to be heard.
Now, however, a deal has been done which will allow the fun park to stay until next summer, although the golf site will close later this year, with golf facilities relocating to the fun park.
In a joint statement, EDDC and Chris and Maureen Wright said: “East Devon District Council and its tenants, Chris and Maureen Wright, who operate two sites on Queen’s Drive, Exmouth have reached a mutual agreement to conclude their leases, which will also allow the tenants to continue business on the fun park site until August 31, 2017.
“This positive step, brings to an end an extended period of litigation and concludes the litigation process.
“The existing golf site will, however, be returned to the council by August 31 2016, which will enable the council to resume progress on its preparations for developing a £4 million watersports centre.
“The Arnold Palmer golf [attraction] will relocate to the fun park.”