Use the best of each option

PUBLISHED: 13:26 18 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:12 10 June 2010

If The Strand is to undergo a makeover, along the lines of the three options displayed at Exmouth Town Hall, then those notional options will be, by their very nature, subject to the effects of any changes in vehicular and pedestrian traffic volumes, flow and routing etc

If The Strand is to undergo a makeover, along the lines of the three options displayed at Exmouth Town Hall, then those notional options will be, by their very nature, subject to the effects of any changes in vehicular and pedestrian traffic volumes, flow and routing etc, which subsequently arise from developments on the estuary and London Inn sites.

On that understanding and assuming funding, general approval and planning consent can be obtained for such a makeover, I feel that as there are many good functional design elements contained in the three options shown, that the best of them can be combined into a single attractive notional layout shown (above right) as attached, whose functions can meet most of the points set out in the Summary of Responses to the consultation event of June 25.

Other important elements relating to levels, drainage, lighting, litter, signs, the making good of defective and mature trees lost to accommodate important aspects of the design, the provision of bright, seasonal or year- round plant colour in beds or containers and the texture, colour and style of paving are matters for inclusion in the subsequent consideration of larger scale design details, with some being used to complement the character of the quieter or more active ends of the site.

The provision of toilets off-site, but close by, can perhaps best be accommodated by the conversion of an existing side street building, should the councillors be so minded.

The scheme is ambitious and almost certainly needing changes in the short term to address the effects of emerging developments on the estuary and London Inn sites, but if the scheme is to go ahead, then it should be of a restrained character using good quality design and materials, so setting the standard, not so much of a world class site, which Exmouth cannot afford, but one to which the rest of Exmouth's central area can be brought to relate.

Patrick Moore,

18 Hamilton Court,

Salterton Road, Exmouth.


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