Top 'piazza' for events

THE Strand will have new bus shelters, better seating and a piazza for performances and events and Rolle Street will not be pedestrianised. The final design proposals for the regeneration of Exmouth Strand will go on show later this month thanks to he

THE Strand will have new bus shelters, better seating and a piazza for performances and events - and Rolle Street will not be pedestrianised.The final design proposals for the regeneration of Exmouth Strand will go on show later this month - thanks to help from residents. Three different proposals were drawn up following consultation with residents, traders and community groups - and their views have helped shape the latest plans.Many of the features requested have been incorporated including more flood-free paving for markets and events, the pedestrianisation of key areas and better seating.The plans also include new bus shelters, a wider footway into Rolle Street, a more flexible space for performances, outdoor cafes and Remembrance Day commemorations, an 'improved' setting for the War Memorial and new trees.Councillor Eileen Wragg, Devon County Councillor for Exmouth Littleham and Town, said: "The Strand is a focal point in the town and will provide even more of a community space, which is evidenced annually by the Remembrance Day ceremony. "There were concerns that traffic would be prohibited from Rolle Street and hopefully these will now be allayed. "The improvements proposed will mean that the focus will be on people and the environment rather than on vehicles, offering what local people suggested and what the largest town in Devon deserves."Councillor Darryl Nicholas, East Devon District Council's Exmouth Champion, said: "It is our aspiration to create a world-class public space that can be used for a range of different uses such as markets, musical performances and Christmas events and which reflects the town's triple offering of leisure, arts and environment. "It is tremendously important that Exmouth residents get The Strand that they want, which is why the consultation has been so thorough. "Anyone can put down bricks and mortar, but this project is about so much more. "It is about providing somewhere unique that Exmouth residents take to their hearts, somewhere that enables our residents and visitors to celebrate and enjoy all that is wonderful about living or staying in Exmouth."The exhibition roadshow will be held on Friday, April 24, from 10am-7pm, in Strand Gardens and Saturday, April 2, 10am-3pm, in the Magnolia Centre.


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