Sunday, 27 September 2015

Save Exmouth Seafront: public meeting Saturday 26th Sept >>> reports

There is a lot of fondness for the way Exmouth looks today:
I Love Exmouth - facebook

Another facebook group is very active:
Exmouth Splash - Public Opinion & Discussion Page

This campaign group 'Save Exmouth Seafront' was set up following deep concerns about proposals for development:
Futures Forum: 'Save Exmouth Seafront' group launched >>> complete the survey by Saturday 5th September

It held a large public meeting on Saturday:
Futures Forum: Save Exmouth Seafront: public meeting Saturday 26th Sept

And this is their interim report from yesterday:

Thank you to all of those who managed to attend the meeting this afternoon.
We will be going through all the sheets that were signed by people offering their assistance and with a view to an early meeting at which we can pursue, with the new supporters, those ideas that stemmed from the meeting.
Those who did attend will know that the meeting was in two parts, part one open to everyone regardless of their views, part two for those who were concerned by EDDC's proposals and wished to discuss how matters might be taken forward.
We should probably give special mention to the Tory councillors who chose to stay for the second part, even after admitting that they were not in support of SES. The meeting had heard and been concerned by the secret meetings that EDDC had held about their Exmouth plans. Our Tory friends deduced from this that they should stay for the supporters meeting despite not being SES supporters themselves.
We hope that this signals a new approach from the Tories, and they in turn, will no longer ban the public from their meetings in future.
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    • Ian Woolger
      Ian Woolger Sad I missed it,I was involved in a big cycle event.Glad it went well.
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    • Sally Galsworthy
      Sally Galsworthy We need to move to call to action. Aim of meeting to put everything on hold. What is the next move. Mass rally at next council meeting on 21st October?
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Exmouth Splash - Public Opinion & Discussion Page

And this is the East Devon Watch report - plus comment below:


27 Sept 2015

Conservative-led East Devon District Council (EDDC) was branded as undemocratic, secretive and devious at a packed meeting in Exmouth yesterday.

Campaign group Save Exmouth Seafront (SES) called the public meeting in the town’s All Saints Church Hall to fight EDDC’s latest grandiose plans for the redevelopment of Queen’s Drive.

Independent Exmouth councillor Megan Armstrong, SES Acting Chair Louise MacAllister, and SES researcher Tim Todd described the background to the project, known originally as “Exmouth Splash” and a lively, sometimes angry, audience expressed strong opposition to it.

Interesting revelations emerged:

· It was claimed that leading EDDC councillors and officers have a clear agenda to sell Exmouth’s assets to help fill the gaping hole in their revenue caused by Government cuts [and their expensive move from Sidmouth? ed].

· The plans for Exmouth have been hatched in secret meetings where minutes are not taken, the public are excluded, and councillors sworn to secrecy.

· EDDC’s “extensive” consultation is a sham – based on 518 replies to a 2011 publication, and comments from 14 pupils at Exmouth College!

· SES’ own recent survey confirms strong support for keeping the traditional charm of Exmouth seafront and the popular local businesses established there for many years.

· These modest local businesses have been “sabotaged” by EDDC with 12-month leases making investment and expansion difficult so they can be replaced by big outside speculative developers.

· Extensive residential and retail development including a cinema and expensive “attractions” will reduce children’s play areas from over 14000 square metres to about 3000.

· A new Water Sports Centre is planned at the most dangerous point of the beach, and entails a diversion of Queen’s Drive costing one and a half million pounds.

The meeting ended with the SES desks swamped by volunteers eager to help the campaign to reclaim the future of their town from bureaucrats and speculators who have no respect for what makes a place unique, special and loved.

"Save Exmouth Seafront" group launches
Exmouth seafront meeting today
Sidmouth District Councillors invited to meet the public at Open Meeting (Tues evening, 9th Dec) 

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Huett Alec says:
27 Sep 2015 at 11:44am

Very well reported, I was taken in by the lady who had been taking the grandchildren into the play area for hours of entertainment for £2.75, this will be lost , instead of being enlarged and enhanced. Another point from another lady said it was immoral to put up apartments in an area of outstanding beauty, which locals will never be able to afford, when we have so many families who are faced with a shortage of property that they can ever rent or buy.

Many wanted to know if the new water splash area would stop people walking all along the sea front without entering the pay to enter area which has the new road placed behind it. Or why the amount of room shown for the colourful and active leisure zone which was focused for children in all those thousands of leaflets handed to the public 3 years ago.

We do now suffer from new developments from the Quay side right up to Queens drive and includes the the Bowl, which have a lack of Waste and recycling facilities, (” One can see how many Waste Bins are left parked along the sides of most buildings”)

Will this not be the case if this new development is allowed. The Maderia Walk Way has become just another alley-way at the back of the Bowl, and the lovely View as you approach the Sea Front from Carton Hill has now gone for ever.
Can we trust you at EDDC with the rest of our Sea Front environment when what is intended is very large development.

We were told at the talk-in after the meeting by the few Tory Councilors that stayed, that the proposals on the splash in 2012 which stated that the Masterplan Vision back then could be delivered and afforded without residential accommodation.

They admitted this would be their preference, but then added if it could not be achieved for the lack of finance, then they would vote for it, I could never except this change of mind, when in all Election leaflets, said they were against any large development on the Sea Front, and the very reason i will do my upmost in opposing it.

Lastly if they had come to agreement for some business people to stay, we would have a continuous situation of having the very things children enjoy, without it we will have nothing but a large building site for some years, is this acceptable for all our visitors needs.

EDDC must realize since 2005 how much time and money has been spent on printed matter, architects, advisers, and consultants, all having been commissioned by EDDC, most of this has been changed out of all recognition since 2012.

If you feel this is worthy of being past on to EDDC please do so, and thank you.

“Exmouth Splat?” – report of yesterday’s public meeting | East Devon Watch

The Save Exmouth Seafront facebook pages note the following:

Seaton seafront. An example of the district council's vision for seaside revitalisation. There don't seem to many visitors!
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      Lorna Dyson Is this really Seaton?
    • Love life Seaton has suffered from a lack of any investment on the seafront over many years. Only recently has money been ploughed into a Jurassic Centre which will be fully open soon. This is just off the seafront . Seaton is one seafront that does need investment & change. However , you would be very wrong to think that Seaton does not have many visitors. It also has a dog warden that patrols the seafront paid for by the local council. This is something that Exmouth could do with.
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Exmouth Splash - Public Opinion & Discussion Page

Perhaps if Seaton's 'development' had not focussed so much on their Tescotown:
Futures Forum: The future of Tesco's in East Devon - part two
Futures Forum: Redeveloping East Devon >>> the alternatives to a heavy-handed approach
EDDC Tories promise more ….. of what exactly? | East Devon Watch

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