Town council backs amended Exmouth seafront attractions plans

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 February 2018

Plans for the former Exmouth Fun Park which show a seating area on top of the infilled boating lake.

Plans for the former Exmouth Fun Park which show a seating area on top of the infilled boating lake.

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Exmouth Town Council has given its support to amended plans to build temporary attractions at the former Exmouth Fun Park site, in Queens Drive

A plan to build temporary attractions on the former Exmouth Fun Park site has been given the backing of the town council.

At a meeting this week, councillors voted to support the amended application to divide the site into three zones for events, children’s play and food outlets.

If given the go-ahead, the former boating lake could be filled in with ‘loose materials and sand’ to become a seating area which could host a six-week Taste of the West food fair.

New planning papers suggest this could have up to 15 traders holding pop-up outlets in this area.

At a meeting this week, Nick Hookway, chairman of the Save Exmouth Seafront campaign group, said the application was ‘completely unacceptable’.

He added: “What was once a site entirely given over to a play park for families and young children, who could gain the benefits of fresh air and harmless, healthy exercise, will now be divided into three zones where a play area occupies only one third of the site.

“The other two zones have been designed in a tacky and unattractive way to promote commercial interests.

“The seating appears to be ugly and completely inappropriate for this area – what a site to greet visitors.

“This is a special area to residents which should be preserved as an area of family play.”

The town council’s planning committee agreed to support the application after a motion to oppose failed, but councillors also raised concerns about how permanent the infilling of the boating ponds will be.

Councillor John Humphreys said: “We should also remember this is only a temporary permission for 12 months.

“This is a temporary solution of loose material topped by sand – the area will be made safe to create a level surface so it can be used to its maximum this season.”

Deputy mayor Jeff Trail told the committee: “We have given this application a lot of time, energy and thought for all within the Exmouth community.

“We would not be doing our community any favours if the area was to be left redundant.

“We also need to make sure that visitors to Exmouth have activities for families as part of their holiday experience.”

East Devon District Council planners will have the final say on the application.


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