Cabinet minutes for 2 April 2014 - Queen’s Drive Leisure Area selection criteria - East Devon
22 June 2015 - £18 m waterfront transformation beckons for Exmouth - East Devon
8 September 2015 - Business as usual in Exmouth for existing Queen’s Drive tenants says East Devon District Council - East Devon
Queen's Drive leisure area - East Devon
The Splash 'consultation' - a Freedom of Information request to East Devon District Council - WhatDoTheyKnow
The Independent Cllr Megan Armstrong has initiated a survey, the results of which have just been published.
Today's Western Morning News headline is very clear:
Plans for popular Devon resort rejected by 95% of locals | Western Morning News
As was yesterday's in the Express & Echo:
Survey shows ‘95% reject Exmouth seafront plan’
By Exeter Express and Echo | Posted: November 25, 2015
Exmouth seafront plans
CAMPAIGNERS opposed to the redevelopment of Exmouth seafront claim a new survey shows overwhelming opposition to the plans.
More than 1,000 residents and visitors town took part in the Exmouth Seafront Survey, initiated by Councillor Megan Armstrong.
Led by author and analyst Louise MacAllister, the survey aimed to discover if plans for a multi-screen cinema, outdoor water splash zone and adventure golf park were wanted by those who would be using the facilities.
Organisers said the survey showed 95 per cent were against the redevelopment. And they claim it shows widespread support for the businesses currently occupying the seafront. It also revealed many Exmouth residents feel their concerns regarding the plans have been ignored, according to organisers.
There were 271 comments voicing the opinion that the plans would be damaging to Exmouth, and over 60 comments suggesting the proposals were 'financially motivated.'
Cllr Armstrong said: "I was always half expecting people to be concerned about the redevelopment. I put in my election pledge that I wanted to find out what people really wanted because people were saying they weren't too sure.
"At the 2011 masterplan consultation there were very low attendance figures and this was similarly the case at the Splash consolation in 2013. In my mind we needed to get more people responding. East Devon District Council always decide on a plan and then ask if people want it. Local people should decide what is best for their community. I was amazed at the percentage of respondents who said they didn't like the proposals."
She added: "I would advise people to make as much of a fuss as possible. Write to councillors, lobby councillors. People travel from across the UK to Exmouth. The survey even showed that some people would stop visiting the town if plans go ahead."
An East Devon District Council spokesman said: "Councillors have been sent a copy of an analysis of a survey by Councillor Armstrong regarding Exmouth seafront development.
"The council appreciates that a range of views have and continue to come forward regarding the regeneration of Exmouth seafront.
"It is good that people air their opinions to be considered along with the council's previous engagement with Exmouth people and organisations with more public consultation to come as developer plans come forward in more detail. Debate helps the council understand differing views and make informed development decisions.
"The council's plan now is to help ensure the seafront is able to continue to be a vibrant part of Exmouth's appeal. It is important that the seafront can be more open to the public, better linked to the beach and grow as a varied, all-year-round attraction to locals and visitors alike so all can enjoy Devon's premier town."
Paul-F | November 26 2015, 9:03AM
As usual the EDDC spokesman uses a lot of words to say nothing. My précis of his statement would be "Thank you for your input - but we will not be changing our plans."
swalker2000 | November 26 2015, 12:33AM
Just leave Exmouth alone. This whole redevelopment has the whiff of stuffed brown envelopes. Any councillors with a new Mercedes or hot-tub are within suspicion.
Survey shows ‘95% reject Exmouth seafront plan’ | Exeter Express and Echo
With further comment from the EDW blog:
“95% reject Exmouth seafront plan” | East Devon Watch
And from the Exmouth Splash Facebook pages:
Exmouth Splash - Public Opinion & Discussion Page
This is from the Save Exmouth Seafront blog:
Seafront Survey Results | Save Exmouth Seafront
Save Exmouth Seafront | Campaign against The Queen’s Drive Development
EDW has also commented on the 'phasing' of development on the seafront:
Exmouth ” phased development” – pull the other one! | East Devon Watch
Futures Forum: Exmouth regeneration: approving a planning application before concluding the public consultation
Futures Forum: Exmouth jiggery-pokery: "The situation that EDDC have got themselves in is a great chance to assert ourselves in the Neighbourhood Plan."
Futures Forum: Regenerating Exmouth removed from draft Local Plan