Time to take the first step...

PUBLISHED: 10:38 14 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:17 10 June 2010

The various ideas for the regeneration of Exmouth the Imperial Field, Strand, bus station and Chapel Hill are marginal quick-fixes; all seem to involve concrete and tarmac! The area really crying out for regeneration is in the centre, that blank, ugly

The various ideas for the regeneration of Exmouth - the Imperial Field, Strand, bus station and Chapel Hill - are marginal quick-fixes; all seem to involve concrete and tarmac!The area really crying out for regeneration is in the centre, that blank, ugly place, little used and forlorn. The whole area, from the Magnolia to the Powder Monkey, is like a hollow nut with a dead centre.Since the war, the rule for town planners has been: people in the centre; traffic (bus stops, car parks, deliveries etc) round the outside. The Magnolia was just another "quick fix".A development of this size could take up to 25 years, but a start will have to be made sometime. Planners are hesitant to take on a comprehensive project of this size; they prefer to dally with trivial schemes which, in the main, are change for the sake of change. In a journey of a hundred miles, it is time to take the first step!G W Curtis,15 Grenville Road, Exmouth


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