New HQ planned for Exmouth cadets

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 November 2015

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Air and army cadets in Exmouth could be getting state-of-the-art facilities, after plans were unveiled for their new headquarters.

The proposal, which would be paid for jointly by the Army and Air Training Corps (ATC), would be built at the top of Phear Park, at the opposite end of the car park to the existing cadet headquarters, which would be demolished.

The new facility, which would be used by cadets four nights a week – two for the army cadets, two for the ATC – would include classrooms and IT systems for teaching, offices, and a drill hall with a shooting range.

There will also be a new parade square and parking.

Rob Hoe, of Exmouth Air Cadets, said: “Obviously, the ATC are looking forward to the new building and the benefits it will bring, to teaching and the fact that we will have a range on site, rather than having to travel to Sidmouth.

“This will benefit all cadets and will be a building that can be used for many years to come by both forces.

“This is going to provide benefits for generations to come and, hopefully, will see hundreds of cadets through its doors.”

A potential start date for building work is yet to be confirmed by the Ministry od Defence, but is hoped to be spring 2016.

The scheme is also subject to planning permission, and received the backing of Exmouth Town Council’s planning committee on Monday.

Councillor Steve Gazzard said: “It will give the youngsters an up-to-date area.”

Cllr Gazzard also called for a monument to be created at the site, commemorating Marpool House, which once stood there.

East Devon District Council will have the final say on planning permission.

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