Exmouth Victoria Way workshop visit

PUBLISHED: 13:59 05 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:47 09 April 2010

COUNCILLORS have dismissed fears that there are stocks of dangerous materials in workshops located in Exmouth s Victoria Way. Town councillors Ian Stewart and Steve Gazzard paid an unannounced visit to the businesses and met some of the owners in the last

COUNCILLORS have dismissed fears that there are stocks of dangerous materials in workshops located in Exmouth's Victoria Way.

Town councillors Ian Stewart and Steve Gazzard paid an unannounced visit to the businesses and met some of the owners in the last fortnight.

A fire at R & R motors earlier this year prompted the council to call for closer scrutiny of the workshops.

Owners of the businesses, however, hit back at such calls, claiming they were being unfairly singled out and challenged councillors to visit in an open invitation to prove the units were safe.

Cllr Gazzard said: "I would like to make it known that my priority has always been people's safety whether it's staff, the public or nearby residents and if the owners feel otherwise I can only apologise unreservedly.

"After a full, frank and extremely helpful discussion, for which we thank the owners; we inspected their premises, at their request.

"We are pleased to be able to advise the council that we saw no hazardous chemicals or acetylene cylinders."

Cllr Gazzard said all concerned considered it a worthwhile visit with constructive exchanges of views. He explained that both himself, and Ian Stewart, were happy with what they saw.

Cllr Gazzard added: "We both wish to record our thanks to all the businesses in Victoria Way for the jobs the provide, the income generated for the local economy and opportunities for our young people.

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