Owner's thanks as Exmouth Fun Park set to close
PUBLISHED: 12:20 30 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:25 30 August 2017
The owner of an Exmouth seafront attraction, set for its last day of operation tomorrow (Thursday), has thanked its customers for their years of support.
Exmouth Fun Park is closing as East Devon District Council (EDDC) is taking back the site to pursue seafront redevelopment plans.
In a statement on behalf of his family, Chris Wright said he wanted to offer ‘heartfelt and sincere thanks’ to those who had offered support.
He said: “At such a difficult time for us a family, who have lived and loved the seafront and town, this has been truly heartwarming.
“We were never anti-development and invested considerable funds putting proposals forward.
“Our desire to be part of the seafront’s future was unstinting, alas it would now appear unsuccessful.
“So to the many, many customers over the last 40-plus years, the local residents and visitors who have supported our family businesses, not forgetting the staff over the years all from Exmouth, we thank you.”
Campaign group Save Exmouth Seafront says its members will be outside the fun park on Thursday from 10.30am to 8.30pm.
It will be ask supporters to bring floral tributes as a mark of appreciation to Mr Wright and his family.
There will also be a memory wall for residents and visitors to leave their own comments.
EDDC previously said it was committed to delivering a new ‘leisure and mixed-use vision’ for the sites of the fun park and nearby Harbour View Café, which is due to close at the end of September. It said the public and businesses would be given a say on what is built, and said temporary attractions could be provided, but conceded sites would be boarded up ‘for a time’.
The council has this week confirmed an extraordinary meeting on the future of the fun park and cafe will be held on September 13. It will debate a motion calling for the closure of the businesses to be postponed until there is a developer in place for their sites, and timings of works have been confirmed.
MST Auctioneers, based at Dunkeswell, has listed the sale of the fun park’s contents for Friday, September 1, including its crazy golf course, ride-on train, and swan boats.