Future of 1st Topsham Sea Scouts depends on HQ go-ahead

PUBLISHED: 16:30 21 March 2016

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The 1st Topsham Sea Scouts could fold if it is not granted planning permission for a new building by Exeter City Council (ECC).

The sea scouts’ hut at the Recreation Ground was flooded in 2013, and fundraiser Nick Batchelor is leading efforts to find them a new home.

The group wants to build on the same site, next to its old building.

Nick, 42, of Monmouth Street, said: “We will fold if the plans for our new building don’t get given the go-ahead. It is very important that we have a new purpose-built building for the children to go to.

“It is the children and young people in Topsham who will lose out if these plans don’t go ahead.”

Nick estimates that the project will cost between £450,000 to £500,000 if planning approval is granted permission by ECC.

Currently, 29 people have written to the council in favour of the proposals and 20 have penned correspondence saying they are against the plans.

Vic Guest, of Newcourt Road, said in a letter to ECC that a new building for the 1st Topsham Sea Scouts would be a ‘great asset’ for the whole town.

Alex Strong, of Aldrin Road, also supports the application. In a letter to ECC, he said: “I fully support this application as the old scout hut is long overdue for replacement.”

Richard Jackson, of The Strand, is also supporting the plans. In a letter to ECC, he said: “I think the 1st Topsham Sea Scouts deserve a place to meet and the proposed building provides that brilliantly, as well as leaving time for other community events.”

Paul Russell, of Ferry Road, is opposed to the proposal. He has told ECC in a letter: “The proposed building is substantially larger than the original hut and is visually intrusive. The design is ostentatious and corporate in concept.”

Angie Hart, of Halyards, is also opposed because of parking concerns. She said in a letter to ECC: “The proposed building is not in keeping with this conservation area and the traffic on Ferry Road already struggles with parking.”


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