It’s not acceptable

PUBLISHED: 15:24 07 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:24 07 November 2013

‘Our East Devon District Council has proved particularly inept at being able to make decisions for expectations of any future regeneration which will turn out to be to the benefit of Exmouth residents’.

This comment referred to proposed changes put forward in the 1990s in articles in the old Exmouth Herald.

Ever since we have had proposals, forums, public meetings, consultations and petitions.

We had big rises in council tax,but also the gradual closing of many public amenities. Millions have been spent on our new Strand, along with other remedial work around the town.

Much has still to be accomplished by improving what is certainly in need of regeneration before we start on the feasibility of the Splash area. This, no doubt, will take us into 2020.

Councillors have pointed out to planning that there is little provision for waste or bin stores when EDDC allows gross over development of older town buildings being turned into marketable flats.

Without new infrastructure, parking space, and improvements of Exmouth’s rail and road systems, which one councillor said it is becoming a congested nightmare, this is environmentally detrimental, for those visitors that are vital, and are such a major contribution to Exmouth’s economy.

A large employer in Exmouth is the Stuart Line Cruises. They could run a TIC office if they are given the space, a good position, and permanent. There is nothing their staff do not know about the area.

The insistence that any improvements we need, EDDC must first sell much of Exmouth first, before any needed priorities, for our town can be made. Also remember the Splash is ambiguous because the outline planning application is reserved, they still do not know what the layout will be.

After all these years our councillors cannot tell the people of Exmouth its expectations for the future. This is not a tenable solution for our council or the residents to have to accept.

Alec Huett

Exmouth Quay

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