Future Strand on show

PUBLISHED: 14:13 27 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:06 10 June 2010

THE public get to see next week how their suggestions could shape the future of Exmouth town centre. An exhibition on the regeneration of The Strand at the town hall next Friday follows more than 2,200 comments from residents since the plan was first

THE public get to see next week how their suggestions could shape the future of Exmouth town centre.An exhibition on the regeneration of The Strand - at the town hall next Friday - follows more than 2,200 comments from residents since the plan was first mooted in June.People power has led to three alternative draft proposals, backed by Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Exmouth Town Council and the Town Management Partnership.They show alternative road layouts and gardens for a more pleasant town centre - and pedestrianisation which, it is hoped, will boost trade.The appearance of The Strand, described by MP Hugo Swire last year as 'an eye sore', prompted the biggest response - most people wanted green spaces and better pavements.Most backed more outdoor entertainment, markets and events, and the removal of the raised flower beds, but overall planting increased.Exmouth County Councillor Eileen Wragg said: "There has never been a blueprint for The Strand, which could now well become a nationally acclaimed focal point. "The Strand Gardens has become a central gathering place for the community, especially on Remembrance Sunday and at Christmas."Councillor Darryl Nicholas, East Devon District Council's Champion for Exmouth, said: "This is the perfect opportunity for residents to create the type of Strand they really want. "The regeneration of The Strand will be much more than bricks and landscaping - this space will be at the very heart of our town centre."We have an amazing chance to create an area that could be used not only for shopping, but also for events, markets and entertainment."Businesses and community groups are also being invited to discuss the future of The Strand. Tony Collins, Exmouth Town Centre Manager, said: "The proposals for The Strand are a key part of the town's regeneration, with the challenge to meet the expectations of the community, while boosting the town's economy."The exhibition is from 2.30pm-7pm on Friday, December 5, and 10.30am-2.30pm on Saturday, December 6.

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