PUBLISHED: 07:10 29 November 2013
I was most amused to read of East Devon District Council's largess to the community in offering to build a new community hall for Exmouth for the sea cadets. Could it be that it was in the way of another of EDDC's iconic planned developments?
I am also assuming that the sea cadets’ numbers must have grown exponentially, since it was reported by one of the Friends of Elizabeth Hall members, who was approached by a young women who wished to sign the petition, that she said she was a sea cadet and, when asked about seagoing activities, she responded that, since there were only six members, they could not do any .
Had Exmouth people’s Exmouth Vision been realised, the sea cadets may have chosen to have some activities in or around the newly extended heritage building, which was to be our community arts and visitor centre, maybe not an EDDC icon, but it would have been pleasing to the eye and have complemented the land and seascape.
Sadly, many of us who pass the now-purple fenced Premier Inn site, deprived of our right of way, for the present, are not overjoyed by the purple fencing which offends the eye at every turn, seven days a week. The bigwigs at Premier Inn stated in the Journal it was likely to be open by Christmas 2013, about a month away now, we await with bated breath.
It has been commented that there now seems fewer and fewer people on that area of the seafront now, regardless of the weather, and wherever we go locally we are approached by Exmouth residents who really miss Elizabeth Hall and bemoan its passing.
I also note that more and more houses and flats on the Beacon are now for sale, whereas prior to this there was rarely a house for sale, let alone two at one time. Could it be that residents are not looking forward to their seascape, and prime location, being blotted out by EDDC’s icon for Exmouth, a Premier Inn?