Exmouth water sports centre plans to be unveiled

PUBLISHED: 06:29 11 July 2016

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Plans for a new water sports centre on Exmouth seafront could be made public by the end of this year.

As part of East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) redevelopment plans for Queen’s Drive, the council also hopes work to reroute the road north of the existing car park, between the old lifeboat station and the Maer, and create a new car park, will be completed by next summer.

The announcement, from EDDC’s ruling Conservatives, came days after campaigners Save Exmouth Seafront (SES) held a public meeting, which heard calls for more consultation. The Conservatives say water sports centre developer Grenadier Estates is ‘understood to be hoping to bring forward a plan for public comment by December’.

EDDC has also commissioned an ‘independent survey’ by South West Research Company Limited to survey 1,000 visitors to Exmouth.

Councillor Philip Skinner, new chairman of EDDC’s Exmouth Regeneration Programme Board, said this followed previous consultation which had been done with the Exmouth Masterplan in 2010/11, the Exmouth redevelopment exercise in 2012/13, and in autumn 2013 ahead of outline planning approval.

He added: “We have previously said more consultation will be carried out by developers when they bring their proposals forward. The planning applications that then follow will reflect this consultation and will be subject to further public consideration.”

SES said its meeting was attended by almost 200 people, who ‘made their feelings very clear that large-scale development on Exmouth seafront is unwanted’, and ‘expressed particular frustration that EDDC have continued to fail to engage with residents’.

Exmouth resident Laura Freeman said “The fact that so many people came shows that people do want to do something to force EDDC to reconsider its plans to develop on Queen’s Drive. They just aren’t really sure how they can achieve that, but meetings like this are great for people to feel connected and share ideas.”

SES says those unable to attend are welcome to get in touch by emailing exmouthsplashdiscussion@gmail.com

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