Gearing up for future

PUBLISHED: 02:01 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:59 10 June 2010

A MAJOR town council committee, charged with issues as diverse as the future of the tourist information to Exmouth in Bloom and dealing with boy racers, has undergone a major overhaul. The general purposes committee, a catch-all committee which discusses

A MAJOR town council committee, charged with issues as diverse as the future of the tourist information to Exmouth in Bloom and dealing with boy racers, has undergone a major overhaul.The general purposes committee, a catch-all committee which discusses issues outside the remit of finance and planning, will be renamed and its terms of reference revised, to help it cope with the town's regeneration.The new regeneration and general purposes committee, say councillors, will give the council a more formal role in supporting and monitoring the outside bodies charged with the regeneration, focuses councillors' minds on the proposals and provides a forum for increased scrutiny of regeneration plans.Councillors say the change is needed because Exmouth, like many market and coastal towns, is on the brink of the regeneration of its economy and its townscape. The new committee will help integrate these issues within the existing committee structure, clarify the role of councillors in promoting, steering and co-ordinating the regeneration programme and improve the flow of information and accountability.Councillor Mark Williamson at the general purposes committee praised the work of councillors Jean Mitchell and Richard Turner, and said: "This is not a major re-engineering of council structures, but it is an important response to where we are now. "The structure of any institution needs to adapt to changing needs."These are small changes. We think they are the right changes. And, given everything happening around us, this is certainly the right time to make them."The new committee will monitor the regeneration, represent the council on the Exmouth Regeneration Programme Board, co-ordinate council sub-committees, working parties with outside bodies involved with the regeneration, and consider issues needing a response before the next full council meeting.

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