New Board will deliver

There has been some discussion about the purpose of the recently created Exmouth Project Development Board and concerns about the fact that it is not open to the public and press.

There has been some discussion about the purpose of the recently created Exmouth Project Development Board and concerns about the fact that it is not open to the public and press. So what is the Board for? It is made up of two councillors from each of the councils, representatives of bodies such as English Heritage, and Exmouth Town Management and some business representatives with special skills in bringing regeneration projects to fruition. As a board it gets its authority from the three councils but is charged with the responsibility for taking forward and delivering projects on the ground. It has to find ways to achieve and problem solve and to overcome funding problems in a market where both public and private funding are tight. In a nutshell, it is about turning strategy and planning documents from the Local Authorities which have been through public consultation into reality. Without a vehicle to project manage, these documents are likely to gather dust on shelves without any chance of achievement. It is intended, therefore, that the Board will make things happen and make sure that all the necessary steps are taken which will demonstrate the reasons for development and be clear that the benefits really are worth the 'Cost'.


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