Town blueprint unveiled

PUBLISHED: 01:01 07 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:48 10 June 2010

REACTING to the grave economic cost" of the closure of Rolle College and the pressure on infrastructure caused by the Government's demand for extra housing in Exmouth, a Town Centre Blueprint has been drawn up for the next three years. The blueprint cr

REACTING to the "grave economic cost" of the closure of Rolle College and the pressure on infrastructure caused by the Government's demand for extra housing in Exmouth, a Town Centre Blueprint has been drawn up for the next three years.The blueprint - created by mayor Joy Whipps, her deputy Darryl Nicholas and councillors Richard Turner and Pauline Stott - will be unveiled to the town council's general purposes committee on Monday.The town council will be asked to work in partnership with East Devon District Council and Devon County Council to "stimulate investment in and achieve enhancement of the town centre" by using the town centre blueprint.The blueprint aims:l To provide much-needed economic investment in the town centre.l To dramatically improve the infrastructure of what is now one of Devon's largest towns.l To retain an enhanced Magnolia Centre as the major focal point of the town and to provide high-quality local and regional food producers alongside an improved range of comparison shopping.l To build Exmouth's regional and national reputation as a town of excellence, focusing on the arts, leisure and the environment. Phase One:Work in partnership with EDDC, DCC and the Exmouth Visitor Centre Trust to provide an aesthetically significant and environmentally sympathetic development of outstanding quality on the site of the current sports centre/bus station/lorry park to include the provision of:l A modern and fit-for-purpose library and community centre.l A new sports centre with swimming facilitiesl An improved transport interchange to link the train, bus and cycle networks close to the town centre. Consideration of pedestrian access from the transport interchange to the proposed visitors' centre must be given. l A site for Exmouth and District Community Transport Group to house the development of a Shopmobility scheme, to provide the vital last link in the transport chain for persons with temporary or permanent mobility difficulties.l A supermarket which improves competition in the family food market, broadens the retail base and complements the retail offer of the town centre and attracts significantly greater footfall towards the town centre. l Additional high quality retail outlets.l An area of estuary front pedestrianisation - to enhance the enjoyment of the waterside for both residents and visitors.l Other facilities deemed appropriate, beneficial and financially viable by Exmouth Town Council, EDDC, DCC and the residents of Exmouth as highlighted during the development and consultation process.Phase 2a:l To enhance The Strand - improving its aesthetic appeal by creating a piazza, which will from an active public space for public events, arts and leisure.l To make it the key link between supermarket/community facilities on the bus station site area and an enhanced Magnolia Centre - increasing the cohesiveness of the town centre.Phase 2b:l To identify a suitable site for a multi-storey car park near to the London Inn Car Park.l To work with the necessary partners to develop the London Inn Car Park as an extension of the Magnolia Centre, a development which will specifically increase the provision of comparison shopping within the town.Phase 3:l To work with the necessary partners to enhance and possibly develop specific areas of the Magnolia Centre and give it a unique regional shopping identity - with the primary aims being:n To promote local and regional food producersn Increase the standard of comparison shopping, in particular to promote independent and niche stores.n To locate within any new development of the London Inn Car Park an area designated to become a 'town square and performance venue', which will become an important venue for the annual Exmouth Festival and will enable the arts, culture and music to become a regular part of the town centre's appeal.l The Journal would like to hear readers' views and any other suggestions for revitalising the town centre.

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