New ‘interpretation’ board in Budleigh by the summer

A Jurassic Coast ‘interpretation’ board could be in place in the seafront shelter by April next year.

The plans, for a �1,000 colour interpretation board in the concrete shelter were endorsed by town councillors this week.

The plans are part of a facelift to the shelter to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee next year.

Councillors have pledged to append �1,500 to give the shelter a makeover.

A contribution of �1,000 has been given to the council by a member of the public – the council has applied to East Devon District Council to take over the running of the shelter via a long-term lease.

While the remainder of the money could come from the Jurassic Coast team at Dorset and Devon County Councils.

Dr Nicola Daniel, chairman of the Otter Valley Association said: “The OVA are seeking to progress the proposal to install an interpretation board…

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“We realise that these plans are not yet finalised, but would seek the formal approval of the town council for the plans we have outlined to you.

“The Jurassic Coast team have indicated their willingness to contribute financially to the scheme which would need to be completed in the current finacial year.

“We have been in touch with the designer and fabricator involved in the Sidmouth shelter project.”

Deputy mayor Courtney Richards said: “We have expressed our interest to EDDC.

“The sign would tell you where you are, why you are there and a little bit about the coastline.

“I would support it.”

It was added that the sign would most likley need to be inside the shelter and not on the exterior because it could require a planning application and lead to higher costs