Golf champ lobbies PM on regeneration

PUBLISHED: 06:30 05 December 2016

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‘Top boss’ Prime Minister Theresa May has been lobbied by a nine-year-old schoolgirl to stop Exmouth seafront ‘becoming derelict’ while regeneration work takes place.

When Ellie Beverley, of Foxholes Hill, learned how the seafront crazy golf course days were numbered, to make way for the proposed Splash visitor attraction, she wrote to the Prime Minister, asking her to intervene.

In her letter to the PM, Ellie told Theresa May the council and local government ‘should be doing more’ to stop the seafront ‘becoming derelict for the unforeseen future’.

The PM’s office praised Ellie for her ‘excellent letter’ and passed her comments to the government department responsible for local planning and developments.

Ellie told Mrs May she had ‘an idea for the council to do’ to preserve the seafront.

“Just in front of the cricket club there is a patch of grass that people just walk on and never really do anything with,” the nine-year-old wrote. “So that piece of land, the council and government could turn into a water splash park.

“That would be a good area for entertainment to be built for tourists and local people.”

Ellie recently became her family’s ‘mini golf champion’, taking the title from her dad, James Beverley, aged 46. She said she was ‘heartbroken’ at the golf course demolition and imminent closure of the newly-created crazy golf course, ahead of building work starting.

She told Mrs May of her ‘many attempts’ to beat her dad at golf and how she was ‘shocked and saddened’ at the closure of the visitor attractions; she begged the Prime Minister to ‘look into this for me as you are the top, top, boss’.

The Department for Communities and Local Government, who were passed Ellie’s letter by the PM’s office, congratulated the youngster on her golfing title, hoped she could defend it in the future and said to contact the district council for a redevelopment timetable and latest plans.

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