Local government is suffering severely from lack of cash - and this isn't going to get any better:
Futures Forum: Local government finance: "It looks as though we’re approaching a cliff edge and no one has any idea how to stop us hurtling over it.”
One way out of this impasse is to sell assets:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: and financing the Knowle relocation project >>> or: asset-stripping vs affordable housing
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal 2009: "We are desperate for someone to buy this site and to give us good money for it."
- but unfortunately for the District Council the assets at Port Royal do not look very inviting to prospective buyers:
Futures Forum: New developments and flood regulations in East Devon
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: anticipating a Regeneration Board >> Scoping Study consultation >> "a stitch-up"
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: of sewers and sewerage
And then there is the question of covenants:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: anticipating a Regeneration Board >>> of covenants and land-swapping at Port Royal
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: who owns what
There are two related issues which need to be addressed before any decisions can be made on the future development of the site:
Sidmouth's Beach Management Plan - which is currently full of contradictions and need serious clarification:
Futures Forum: Beach Management Plan >>> frequently asked questions >>> last updated 6th September: and still fail to address explicitly the arguments against and in favour of offshore reefs to create a self-sustaining sand tombolo
And Sidmouth's Traffic Management Plan - which has been in the offing for a decade now:
Futures Forum: Traffic Management Plan for Sidmouth: "We have a golden opportunity to address Sidmouth's future traffic and transport issues which will help improve everyone's quality of life and shopping experience."
These issues are all interrelated, as a letter to the Herald from the Futures Forum chair indicates:
Futures Forum: Dramatic show of how far the cliffs at Pennington Point have retreated over a 10-year period from 2006 to 2016 >>> "Sidmouth’s cliffs to the east of the seafront are constantly under attack from coastal erosion."
Futures Forum: Devon County Council elections: the issues > environment
Futures Forum: A replacement for Alma Bridge wins Town Council support