windsurf shack wrangle hope
PUBLISHED: 15:12 05 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:26 10 June 2010
TUESDAY, AUGUST 5: WHILE a new watersports fiesta brightened Exmouth sea-front last weekend, the man behind the inaugural Exmouth Windsurf Festival awaited the final go-ahead for a new sporting landmark appr-oved almost a year ago. Pete Manfield earned the praise of distric
WHILE a new watersports fiesta brightened Exmouth sea-front last weekend, the man behind the inaugural Exmouth Windsurf Festival awaited the final go-ahead for a new sporting landmark appr-oved almost a year ago.Pete Manfield earned the praise of district council planners in 2006 for a Caribbean-style windsurf shack they said would bring the 'wow factor' to the beachfront.Yet legal complications over a covenant protecting the land continue to hold up the Exmouth businessman's plans. Now East Devon District Council says a decision on the land could go to tribunal.Without a home for more than two years since the previous HQ for his Waterfront Sports business was pulled down to make way for a new bowling alley, Mr Manfield has called for support."The longer this goes on, the worse it is for business," he said. "I cannot continue without going ahead with the building within the year. If there is a land tribunal it could take years."Covenants restricting development were placed on the land by Lord Clinton, when sites passed into the hands of the old Exmouth Urban District Council.Clinton Devon Estates are now working with legal advisors and EDDC to resolve the matter. A spokesperson for the council said: "As an indication of our determination to break the deadlock and move ahead for the benefit of all concerned, we are considering taking this issue to a land tribunal for determination by an independent body.