New Strand building still on course

RUMOURS that plans for a new state-of-the-art building to replace the Strand shelter have been scrapped because of cost have been scotched by the county council.

RUMOURS that plans for a new state-of-the-art building to replace the Strand shelter have been scrapped because of cost have been scotched by the county council.

Building work on a new �400,000 building is set to start next month and the plans are being designed by Exmouth company Paul Humphries Architects Ltd and will provide a space for events and festivals.

Its main feature will be an outdoor performance stage facing the gardens and a public shelter fronting Rolle Street to include a bus waiting area, and may end up housing the Tourist Information Centre.

A Devon County Council spokesman said: “We are progressing with the building project and are expecting to apply for planning permission before Christmas.”