Priority projects to take town forward

PUBLISHED: 14:32 21 December 2011

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Preliminary work on seven schemes that will form the backbone of Exmouth’s regeneration will soon begin after £700,000 was rubberstamped by the district council.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) commissioned LDA Design to draw up a draft masterplan to take Exmouth over the short, medium and long-term into the 21st Century.

The masterplan illustrates a range of plans, proposals, visions, must-haves and would be nice-to-haves; but focuses on a handful of priority projects.

These are a new supermarket either on the Rugby Ground or on the bus station; Exmouth Splash; a makeover of Camperdown Creek with better facilities for the Sea Cadets and Sea Scouts with the relocation of the council highways depot; and the regeneration of the Elizabeth Hall.

Other schemes include the improvements to Pierhead and Mamhead Slipways; a pedestrianised hub around Foxholes car park and Queens Drive and a new shopping centre at the London Inn car park.

Following a 12-week consultation, councillors say the message is loud and clear; that residents want the talking to stop and the action to start.

The first four schemes are priority projects - but the schemes may not be delivered in the same order.

Other schemes already in the pipeline – The Strand, Orcombe Point hub and Imperial Recreation Ground enhancements – will be completed earlier.

The seven schemes mentioned above will be tackled in such a way as to deliver ‘what is possible as soon as possible.’

Councillor Andrew Moulding, chairman of the Exmouth Regeneration Programme Board, said: “People want to see progress and we aim to give them what they want.

“There are some big schemes on our shopping list and we will need to be imaginative in finding ways to deliver them to the best value – especially in these tough economic times. Along the way, we will pick up some of the detail suggested by individuals who responded to the masterplan consultation.

“In future years, we want to look back and be proud of what we have achieved in Exmouth. The Regeneration Board will be monitoring progress closely and will do its best to remove any obstacles to delivering a brighter future for the resort.”