Sunday, 7 August 2016

Regenerating Exmouth seafront >>> "Overwhelmingly visitors like the seafront the way it is and don’t want much to change."

There is considerable interest over emerging plans to 'regenerate' Sidmouth's seafront:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal and the Eastern Town >>> "The needs of all these clubs and organisations remain paramount in any plans for the future development of our town."
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: anticipating a Regeneration Board >>> ‘Scoping Report for the eastern end of Sidmouth’ >>> commission work initiatied

Meanwhile, there has been a huge amount of uncertainty over plans to 'regenerate' Exmouth's seafront.

There are fresh questions about the developer:
Payments to Moirai Capital Investments - a Freedom of Information request to East Devon District Council - WhatDoTheyKnow
EDDC – Exmouth: searching questions about relationship with former ” preferred partner” | East Devon Watch
Exmouth: EDDC backtracks on Moirai Capital Investments – seafront development up for grabs again! | East Devon Watch

There are questions which Councillors seem unable to answer - as reported in the last couple of days:

Q – We mentioned the visitor’s survey. If the outcome of the survey is that overwhelmingly visitors like the seafront the way it is and don’t want much to change, will that be the way the council then proceeds?

A – “The visitors’ survey doesn’t involve local people, it’s for visitors only. It will give us an indication of what visitors perceive is a visitor wish list when they go on holiday, what they like to see.

Exmouth Splash - Public Opinion & Discussion Page - Timeline | Facebook
Exmouth regeneration: Spin, Skinner, Spin! | East Devon Watch

There are quesitons going way back which are pertinent to other parts of the District currently being 'regenerated':
Now Exmouth seafront is up for grabs again, what of Seaton Heights? | East Devon Watch

Ultimately, as a piece from earlier in the summer shows, the District Council's proposals are not popular with residents either:

Exmouth shows opposition to big seafront development

By Exeter Express and Echo | Posted: July 05, 2016

Exmouth seafront plans

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The strength of feeling among those against the large scale development of Exmouth seafront was apparent when more than 200 people packed All Saint's Church Hall in the town for a public meeting.

Organised by Save Exmouth Seafront (SES) the aim was to update residents and seafront users on the group’s actions and enable questions to be asked.

People put forward many relevant and knowledgeable arguments to support their thoughts and feelings, and expressed particular frustration that EDDC have continued to fail to engage with residents.`

Laura Freeman, an Exmouth resident who attended the meeting said “The fact that so many people came to SES’s public meeting shows that people do want to do something to force East Devon District Council to reconsider their plans to develop on Queen’s Drive, they just aren't really sure how they can achieve that, but meetings like this are great for people to feel connected and share ideas”.

SES spokesperson Louise MacAllister would like to thank all who gave up a sunny Saturday afternoon to attend and contribute to the meeting, especially those who had to stand throughout.

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