Sea scouts want base in Topsham for ‘century’ after submitting plans to ECC

PUBLISHED: 06:30 24 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:25 25 January 2016

The 1st Topsham Sea Scouts have submitted plans to Exeter City Council.

The 1st Topsham Sea Scouts have submitted plans to Exeter City Council.

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The 1st Topsham Sea Scouts hope to secure a base for the next 100 years, after submitting a planning application to Exeter City Council (ECC), writes Lewis Deakin.

The sea scouts’ hut at the Recreation Ground was flooded in 2013, and fundraiser Nick Batchelor is leading efforts to find them a new home.

The 1st Topsham Sea Scouts want to build on the same site next to their old building.

As a result of Nick’s work, he has been nominated for a Halifax Giving Extra Award by his 10-year-old daughter Grace.

The awards recognise and reward people for their community work.The winners will be announced next month and in March.

Nick, of Monmouth Street, said: “We submitted the planning application just before Christmas. This is the first hurdle we’ve to overcome. We would like to give the scouts a home for the next 100 years.

“The proposal now has to go through an eight-week consultation before we find out if we have got planning approval. We hope the Topsham community will support us over the next three to four months.

“One of the ladies involved in the project has spent a couple of hours a week with both the beavers and cubs to find out what they want built. We obviously can’t accommodate every request, but we’ve tried our very best.

“I was a sea scout and I think the group teaches kids important life skills and raises their confidence. My other daughter Rosie is a beaver.”

The sea scouts need to raise £450,000 to get the building project up and running, if planning permission is granted by Exeter City Council.

However, Nick said the group had plans in place to secure the funding quickly if their proposal was approved.

He added that the Halifax Giving Extra Awards would be fantastic recognition for both him and his team.

Nick continued: “We’ve raised £50,000 and the rest of the money we will raise through our post-planning by going to businesses, charities and sports foundations.

“We can’t raise the rest of the money unless we have planning permission to build.

“I feel both excited and nervous about the awards. We find out on February 8. Grace has been asking me regularly about it.

“To win the award would be fantastic recognition for me and the team, as it would have been impossible to have got this far without them.”


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