Orcombe Point ‘stop gap’

ORCOMBE Point, the gateway to the Jurassic Coastline, is set to get a make-over, which will serve as a stop gap until a fully fledged visitors’ centre can be built.

ORCOMBE Point, the gateway to the Jurassic Coastline, is set to get a make-over, which will serve as a stop gap until a fully fledged visitors’ centre can be built.

Bright 3D has been commissioned by Exmouth Town Council, East Devon District Council and Devon County Council for an ‘interpretation walk through time’ and work is expected to start this year.

The interpretation walk would start at the zig-zag steps on Queens Drive, with information points lining the path up to Orcombe Point – there is the possibility of a new caf� at the end of Queens Drive.

With work on a visitors’ centre at Seaton under way, tourism bosses want to entice more people to the start of the World Heritage Site, despite plans for a visitor centre in Exmouth being put on hold after a succession of setbacks.


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The South West Regional Development Agency pulled funding, despite county bosses pledging �0.5m, so plans for an interpretation centre at Mamhead Slipway fell through and the volunteer board appointed to oversee the project was disbanded.

A county council spokeswoman said: “We are hoping to provide gateway interpretation as a welcome for visitors to the World Heritage Site in the Orcombe Point area, .

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“As well as the cliff top around the Geoneedle, the area being looked at also includes the zi-zag path and the eastern end of Queens Drive.

“Various proposals for a visitor centre close to the town centre have been under discussion for many years but, to date, it has not been possible to secure sufficient funding for a viable scheme. Bright 3D has been appointed to develop an interpretation masterplan.

“The aim would be to improve the welcome for visitors and to create a clear gateway for the World Heritage Site, which is appropriate to the location and of a quality fitting for its World Heritage status.

“A small amount of funding is available for the initial phase. “

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