No EDDC funding for new Exmouth town centre clock

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 January 2017

Exmouth's Magnolia clock, photographed at 8.55am. Picture: Paul Strange.

Exmouth's Magnolia clock, photographed at 8.55am. Picture: Paul Strange.

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Hopes that a prominent clock in Exmouth town centre would be repaired or replaced have suffered a setback after district chiefs decided not to provide funding.

The clock in the Magnolia Centre has been the subject of complaints, with a recent letter to the Journal by Keith Vaughan stating that the clock was in a ‘dilapidated’ state, with a different incorrect time shown on each of its three faces.

However, an East Devon District Council spokesperson said that although councillors had discussed allocating funds to replace the clock, they had decided against it, as the scheme was ‘not a priority’.

The spokesperson said: “The council is aware of the age and condition of the clock in the Magnolia Centre.

“It came up recently at a council meeting to discuss future capital projects for replacement, bearing in mind its age.

“However, compared to other calls on council funding, members could not accept that it was a priority and did not, therefore, recommend allocating any of our limited funds.

“We will explore with Exmouth Town Council what their views are and whether they and private sector sponsorship could be an alternative source of funding.”

Town clerk Lisa Bowman said the town council had noted the poor state of the clock, but had not yet discussed the matter formally with East Devon District Council.


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