Saturday, 9 September 2017

Coastal Community Teams in East Devon

Recently, in the context of having a seaside resort without deckchairs, the Town Council's clerk suggested that Sidmouth go the same way as Beer 
- and ask for all the seafront assets to be handed over from the District Council:

Town clerk Christopher Holland said: “EDDC like to hang onto things that make them money or is a neutral cost. Anything that doesn’t make money they want to push onto the town council or not provide any more. There’s a pilot in Beer where they’ve handed responsibility to the parish council for everything on the seafront. 

“My issue with taking on the deckchairs is it’s one compartmentalised issue. We should be looking bigger than that. We don’t want EDDC to cherry-pick what they want to get rid of – we want to take something and make of go of it.”

Futures Forum: Sidmouth without deckchairs >>> Beer with responsibility for everything on the seafront

On the one hand, there is the unfortunate example of Exmouth:
Coastal Community Team - East Devon
The “Exmouth Coastal Community Team” | East Devon Watch
Having been informed following an FOI... - Save Exmouth Seafront - Public Opinion & Discussion Page | Facebook

And on the other, there is the inspiring example of what's been happening in Beer:

Beer Coastal Community Team

Beer Parish Council has been successful in its bid for a £10,000 grant (from the Department of Communities & Local Government) to undertake a study and come up with a practical plan of measures to enhance Beer for tourists, businesses and the community.

A Public Meeting was held on 8 September 2015, to establish a Steering Group for the Coastal Community Team and to begin to explore ideas and business opportunities.
Click on this link to read the Public Meeting notes 8 September 2015

Please click on the link below for the Coastal Communities Team Business Plan which was submitted to the Coastal Communities Alliance in January 2016:

Beer Coastal Community Team - Beer Parish Council

Beer, East Devon

Coastal Team

The picture-postcard village of Beer nestles in Lyme Bay, 20 miles east of Exeter. We are situated on the ‘’Jurassic Coast’, England’s first natural World Heritage Site. We’re also on the one of the most beautiful stretches of the South West Coastal Path...

Beer, East Devon | Coastal Communities Alliance
Beer, Devon

When it comes to making use of the Coastal Communities Fund
Coastal Communities Alliance |
Coastal Communities Fund: Funding - Big Lottery Fund

... the District Council has only secured funding for its Seaton Jurassic project:
Seaton Jurassic – 250 Million Years in the making
10 March 2016 - Seaton Jurassic Centre finally opens after 250 million years! - East Devon

There has been criticism of how the District Council has otherwise not shown much interest in this funding stream to help such projects:
Torbay gets £1.4m from Coastal Communities Fund - BBC News
Is tourism important to East Devon District Council? | Sidmouth Independent News
Futures Forum: The West County, East Devon and tourism

Instead, there is the fear that the District Council would prefer a 'quick solution' to its coastal issues:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal 2009: "We are desperate for someone to buy this site and to give us good money for it."
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: and financing the Knowle relocation project >>> or: asset-stripping vs affordable housing

"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

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