Have your say on Strand plan

PUBLISHED: 02:01 23 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:10 10 June 2010

The future look of the Exmouth town landscape will begin to take shape next week with a public consultation. A council partnership has confirmed its aims with a commitment to enhancing the centre of Exmouth early talk focusing on exciting piazza-style r

The future look of the Exmouth town landscape will begin to take shape next week with a public consultation.A council partnership has confirmed its aims with a commitment to enhancing the centre of Exmouth - early talk focusing on exciting piazza-style redevelopment.Now the town's traders and residents will be invited round the table to have their say on a potential multi-million pound project which could see long-mooted pedestrianisation plans realised.The chance to get down to work to give The Strand a facelift emerged this year after Devon County Council pledged funding to investigate a scheme.With support from East Devon District Council, Exmouth Town Council and the Town Management Partnership, the public will now have their say. County, district and town Councillor Eileen Wragg said: "I hope that as many people as possible will come along and become actively involved in this important consultation."The project could transform Exmouth centre, according to EDDC Champion for Exmouth, Deputy Mayor Darryl Nicholas."Starting with a blank canvas, our aim is to create a world-quality space that will define Exmouth's importance as a community and a 21st century resort on the Jurassic Coast, featuring the town's triple offerings of leisure, arts and environment," he said.With town regeneration proposals gaining meat on their bones, residents will be involved in planning the redesign.Town manager Tony Collins is committed to ensuring businesses also have their say, and added: "The Strand area plays an important role in Exmouth's business success and this event will help to ensure that its future shape builds on this."Local partnership collaborations have worked towards similar projects across the county, such as Exeter's £3.6 million Cathedral Green space, and a £1.5 million pedestrianisation of Barnstaple's town square.l The community consultation event will be held between 2pm and 7pm, next Wednesday, June 25, in the Strand Gardens.

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