Poll approaching on Exmouth seafront


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More information has been released about an upcoming parish poll, concerning redevelopment plans for Exmouth seafront.

It will ask voters to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the question ‘Should Exmouth Town Council recommend to East Devon District Council that before any further planning applications are approved with regard to the Queen’s Drive development area, that additional independent consultation should be carried out in addition to that required by the applicant and the Local Planning Authority?’

East Devon District Council is proposing new buildings and leisure facilities between the old lifeboat station and The Maer.

The poll was requested by Exmouth resident Malcolm Dodd and nine other electors, and was supported by a show of hands at the annual town meeting last month.

Mr Dodd is said to have sought advice from East Devon Returning Officer Mark Williams on what would be an acceptable question for the poll.

The outcome of the poll is not legally binding on the town council or the district council, which may decide not to take any action.

The poll will take place on Wednesday, April 20, between 4pm and 9pm. All Exmouth residents who are on the electoral register can take part in the poll.

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Residents are reminded that no polling cards will be sent out and that there will be no facility for postal votes.

People will need to attend their usual polling station where the polling station staff will ask them for their name and address to check that they are registered to vote. They will then be given a ballot paper to complete.

Any Exmouth resident who is aged 18 and over and who was registered on the electoral register by March 16 this year is eligible to vote.

The polling stations are at All Saints Church Hall, Brixington Community Church, Clayton House Community Centre, Holy Ghost Church Hall, Littleham Community Hall, Palmer House, St John The Evangelist Church Hall, and Withycombe Rugby Club.

There are also two new polling stations at Littlemead Methodist Church, Roundhouse Lane, and The Kennaway Centre in Victoria Road.

Details of one further polling station are awaiting confirmation and will be publicised next week.