Budleigh’s new seafront fountain to help town in plastic-free crusade
PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 September 2018
It is hoped a new drinking fountain on Budleigh Salterton’s seafront can help to rid the town of nuisance single-use plastics.
An existing tap near the Jubilee Shelter has been upgraded and it is hoped it can be used to re-fill bottles and therefore reduce the amount of plastic containers which are thrown away.
The town council, which funded the project, is also working with East Devon District Council to install a water tap at the top of Steamer Steps.
Town councillor Chris Kitson, who came up with the idea of installing a fountain, has welcomed the news, adding: “It’s demonstrating a commitment to reduce single use plastic waste - people can now fill up their bottles from there.
“We had planned for it to be in place sooner but there were some supply issues.
“People who come and enjoy the seafront can now have a drink from a traditional water fountain.”
At a meeting of the town council’s footpaths and foreshores committee in March, members agreed to a suggestion to create the water fountain near the Jubilee Shelter at the west end of the beach.
A tap already existed at the site and it was estimated that the new fountain would set the council back in the region of £450 from the council’s town improvement fund.
Cllr Alan Dent, who was acting chair of the footpaths and foreshores committee at the time, said the idea would contribute towards the ‘elimination’ of single-use plastics and would also enhance the public facilities already available on the seafront.
The new fountain has now been installed and is ready for beach goers, walkers and residents to use.
Speaking in March, Cllr Kitson also told the Journal that the installation also satisfies criteria of the town’s Neighbourhood Plan.
Community action B2 of the plan states: “Upgrade the overall character of the built environment of the town and seafront by maintaining and improving the street furniture and encouraging good maintenance of buildings in High Street and Fore Street.”