Have your say on Exmouth's future

EXMOUTH'S 'silent majority' will get the chance to air their views on the future of Exmouth with a series of on-line polls later this year. Chairman of The Exmouth Community Association Roy Pryke said they will soon launch the surveys in an attempt to en

EXMOUTH'S 'silent majority' will get the chance to air their views on the future of Exmouth with a series of on-line polls later this year. Chairman of The Exmouth Community Association Roy Pryke said they will soon launch the surveys in an attempt to encourage more residents to give their opinions on the town's future.He added they wanted to engage with a greater cross section of people: "One thing is certain," he said. "The (ASDA) issue cast a shadow over the town for more than a year, dividing people and obscuring discussion on other developments."We now have an opportunity to stand back, survey the scene and decide what we want to happen next in Exmouth."He said they were working through the 'technical challenges' of producing an on-line survey open to any adult - which for legal reasons would exclude under 18s."Our aim is to get a clearer picture of how people feel about shopping in Exmouth, whether there should be a new supermarket and, if so, where it should be - and what they would like to happen next on the Royal Avenue site by the Estuary."The poll will run alongside Exmouth Town Council's attempt to engage more people by bringing 'disenfranchised' community groups in from the cold with Community Liaison Panels.Town and district councillors were stung by criticism that there was insufficient consultation and engagement with the public over the Asda proposals.So the panels were devised to enable the council to work more closely with groups including the Exmouth Citizens' Forum, Exmouth Community Association, Exmouth Residents' Association, The Exmouth Society and Save Avenues from Despoliation.East Devon District Council and Exmouth Town Council have agreed to meet with the ECA to discuss ranging issues including population growth, housing, the economy, employment and transport.


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