Public give their views on Strand regeneration

PUBLISHED: 10:27 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:09 10 June 2010

HUNDREDS of people took the opportunity to give their views on three possible futures for The Strand at the Town Hall last week.

HUNDREDS of people took the opportunity to give their views on three possible futures for The Strand at the Town Hall last week.

The exhibition, organised by Devon County Council - who have set aside £2 million for the scheme - with their partners Exmouth Town Council and East Devon District Council, showed three alterative proposals for the pedestriansisation of the Strand .

However none of the plans promoted the idea of pedestrianising Rolle Street - and all the kept some form of two way traffic system all that road.

"I think there is something there for everybody," said town councillor Jean Mitchell. "Like myself, I doubt if many people are happy with every detail on every plan, but like bits of all three.

"They all have their advantages and disadvantages. I think many people agree the raised flower beds in the Strand should go.

"A lot depends on what happens with Asda and the road system."

Member of the public Roy Grantham agreed with the county council that the plans should avoid pedestrianising Rolle Street because it would increase traffic at the top of Rolle Road, and put pressure on the smaller side streets.

"It would cause chaos," he said. There would be major traffic problems."

However this view wasn't shared by Geoff Morris of the Exmouth Residents Association, who thinks that the plans don't go far enough and that Rolle Street should be pedestrianised.

"None of the traffic issues are easy but the idea of having a main road through the town centre is not something we should be doing."

Town manager Tony Collins said that statistics showed that footfall in town centres had decreased by a fifth across the UK - and that pedestrianisation was one way to tackle falling numbers of shoppers.

He said: "The proposals for the Strand are a key part of the town's regeneration with the challenge to meet the expectations of the community while boosting the town's economy.

"It is great to see so much effort being put into finding the best solution so this can be achieved for Exmouth.

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