More than 150 attend 'save Exmouth seafront' meeting
PUBLISHED: 06:30 02 October 2015
A public meeting, called by a campaign group opposing proposals to redevelop the seafront, attracted more than 150 residents.
Earlier this year, proposals for luxury flats, shops, eateries and a multi-screen cinema between the lifeboat station and The Maer were proposed as part of the Queen’s Drive Leisure Area.
Outline planning application had been agreed in 2013 for a watersports facility on the site.
Concerns raised at the meeting centred around traders losing their seafront businesses, a loss of jobs and a lack of information about the plans.
Speaking at All Saints’ church hall, the acting chairman for the campaign group, Save Exmouth Seafront, Louise MacAllister, said: “We are delighted that so many people turned up to our first public meeting in order to express their various concerns about East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) ill-thought-out seafront proposals.
“By the end of the meeting, it was clear that many of those who attended wanted to join our campaign group to take action to put the seafront redevelopment on hold and to support the current businesses in their quest to remain.
“We will be meeting shortly to plan our next steps.”
A statement from EDDC said it was aiming to bring ‘all-year-round’ attractions to the seafront and the regeneration would create a ‘thriving’ centre expected to create around 175 jobs.
The statement said: “Our aim is to bring all-year-round attractions to the seafront, which will be enjoyed by a wider range of people – visitors and residents alike.
“Tourism is key to Exmouth’s long-term economic success and we want a seafront that combines the traditional and modern.
“We are working closely with our tenants to help them with the changes that are happening so that they can be part of this regeneration, if that is possible. Currently we have developers waiting to submit planning applications and there will be detailed future consultation on plans for the site.”