New Exe Estuary Trail link approved
PUBLISHED: 06:30 21 October 2015
A new link between the north of Exmouth and the Exe Estuary Trail has been given the green light by district planners.
The National Trust is behind the plan, which is for a multi-use path for cyclists and pedestrians across the charity’s land, between the existing trail and the A376, meeting the road near the junction with Rivermead Avenue.
The scheme was approved by members of East Devon District Council’s development management committee.
This was despite opposition by Lympstone Parish Council, and Lympstone district councillors Ben Ingham and Rob Longhurst, on the grounds that it could lead to more cyclists travelling through the roads in the village, which residents say is already dangerous.
However, Exmouth Town Council was in favour, and EDDC’s planning officers recommended approval, saying a link between the north of Exmouth and the trail would benefit the town. A majority of councillors agreed and voted to approve.
Speaking after the meeting, the National Trust’s Peter Blyth said: “We were very happy to be given the go-ahead. We think it will be of real positive benefit to the area, and are glad the council feels likewise.
“We are currently working on raising money for the build, and hope to start work early in the spring next year.”
Mr Blyth added that the charity expected funding to predominantly come from grant applications, alongside private donations.