Seafront masterplan talks begin

PUBLISHED: 12:41 23 May 2012

Negotiations have begun between seafront traders and district council bosses regarding the "Exmouth Splash" area of the town masterplan.

Lessees from the area met with EDDC officers and Exmouth member champion, Councillor Tim Wood.

Cllr Wood said that the meeting had been productive, and that no decisions had yet been made, with the council waiting to hear the lessees’ views.

He said: “We explained in broad terms what we’re hoping to do with the Splash area, and now we want to hear the lessees’ views on what would suit them best.”

Cllr Wood denied that money from the sale of Elizabeth Hall had already been earmarked to buy back the Splash leases.

“It may well be that some monies raised [from Elizabeth Hall] might be used in terms of work at the Exmouth Splash, but it would all depend on negotiations with leaseholders and what councillors agreed to do.

“The expectation is that money raised from Elizabeth Hall will be used in Exmouth, but precisely how it is used time will tell.”

Cllr Wood has also given assurances to Exmouth Coastwatch, which has voiced fears for the future of its tower at the Harbour View Café.

“We accept that the Coastwatch activity is very important and valuable, and one way or another our aim is to ensure their activity is provided for,” he said.

One of the lessees in the Splash area, Chris Wright of Exmouth Fun Park, said: “I think what came out of the meeting was a desire for the existing lessees to improve the facilities we’re already involved with down here – and a desire for those people to take forward and improve the seafront for the benefit of visitors and residents alike.”

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