Idea for Exmouth's first 'Eden Project'

PUBLISHED: 16:08 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:08 24 August 2018

Eden Project in Cornwall. Picture: Contributed

Eden Project in Cornwall. Picture: Contributed

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Seafront campaigners have proposed an ‘Eden Project’ style biome as the future for Exmouth seafront.

The Save Exmouth Seafront group has submitted proposals for ‘The Exmouth Egg’ as their idea for the redevelopment.

Facilities at the Exmouth ‘Eden Project’ could be decorated to suggest the top half of a cracked dinosaur egg from the Jurassic period.

It is hoped that the biome would provide a flexible space to allow a range of activities and could be used as a meeting place and a work hub.

Nick Hookway, Save Exmouth Seafront spokesman, said: “The “Exmouth Egg” project is being proposed by the Save Exmouth Seafront Campaign group with the intention to provide a Community resource for residents and visitors on a Brownfield site on Queen’s Drive, Exmouth.

“Until recently this site was a very popular children’s playground with traditional seaside activities.

“The site is owned by East Devon District Council who leased it to a tenant. The lease agreement was terminated as the council want to re-develop the site. The Exmouth Egg project is a proposal for such a redevelopment.

“By forming a Community Interest Company called The Exmouth Egg, this project may benefit as a Social Enterprise and gain funding from a variety of sources such as the National Lottery. A CIC will also protect assets and emphasise the links to the community as profits will be re-invested. The intention is that The Exmouth Egg project will be a vibrant and organic project that will provide a focal point for residents and visitors alike On Queen’s Drive.

“The Exmouth Egg project will have to be staffed and will aim to attract volunteers as well as provide a number of full time jobs.”

He added that the aims of the Exmouth Egg CIC would be to a public open space that would provide a safe and calm environment to promote wellbeing, provide a safe environment for young children away from traffic, promote the values of Exmouth in a positive and environmentally sustainable way, complement the range of facilities already in place on Exmouth seafront and to provide a facility that would be available to all, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity and disability.

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