Monday, 9 October 2017

Plans for Port Royal: an alternative view: a new campaign: an online petition > The '3Rs' vision to "retain, refurbish and reuse" > website, blog, videos

The District Council have produced the results to their questionnaire on Port Royal:

An alternative understanding of the way forward is being promoted by the 3Rs campaign:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: an alternative view: a new campaign: an online petition > The '3Rs' vision to "retain, refurbish and reuse" > a new website

Here is part of the updated homepage:

Welcome to this website which belongs to the 3Rs campaign, Retain-Refurbish-Reuse.
It is a response to the public consultation at the end of July 2017 where the consultants appointed by Sidmouth Town Council and East Devon District Council put forward a concept which would see a block up to 5 storeys high replace the current buildings at Port Royal.
Port Royal is the eastern end of Sidmouth Esplanade.
The concept plan does not state exactly what could be done. It says that there will be up to 3 storeys of apartments, in a block up to 5 storeys high, to provide funding for the redevelopment. This redevelopment might retain the Lifeboat and Sailing Club (and associated clubs) underneath the apartments, but there may be efforts made to move the Lifeboat to the western town. There could be further community use and/or a restaurant in the redevelopment. It is possible that some Ham Charity land could be taken into use for a boat park to replace the current boat standing which will be built on.
There is no mention of retaining the current buildings and making them into something better.
You can find more information about their concept here.
Retain-Refurbish-Reuse is simply asking that this option of renewal is considered alongside any other option approved by the Councils.
 It is not attempting to block progress.
 It is not working with a fixed plan in mind.
 It is asking that the people of Sidmouth have a say in what is proposed for Port Royal before we get to the stage of a planning application being submitted.
Although the Consultants for the Scoping Exercise were appointed from a choice of independent firms they have been working closely with EDDC Regeneration Team.
It is true that Councils have not yet expressed an opinion on the results but it is untrue that the Consultants were given free rein to come up with anything they wanted.
A detailed plan of the work they were set can be seen here.
Retain-Refurbish-Reuse brings together knowledge from many places including the Gig ClubVision Group for SidmouthSave Our Sidmouth, and people who care about the history and future of Eastern Town.
Revive Port Royal for all | a community initiative

And here is the latest newsletter from the campaign group on their blog pages:
Dear 3Rs Supporter

This is to remind you that delivery of our petition will be made to EDDC Full Council on Wednesday, 25th October; the meeting starts at 6.30 pm at Knowle Council Chamber, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL.

If you would you like to protest about the Council consultation and the survey results please join us at Knowle Council Chamber by 6.00 pm on 25th and bring your placards!

Another date for your diary is the Sidmouth Town Council meeting at St Teresa's Hall, Connaught Road, Sidmouth, EX10 8TT at 6.30 pm on Monday, 6th November.

Port Royal will be on the agenda and the more of us who can attend, the more the Council will realise just how strongly the residents of Sidmouth feel about development of this area. This meeting will give you the opportunity to let the Council know what YOU want to see at Port Royal before they make a decision.

Please do attend these meetings if you can.

Meanwhile and as a reminder, information about the campaign can be found here -

On our facebook page:

On our website:

Many thanks from:

Councillors Cathy Gardner, Matt Booth, Marianne Rixson and Dawn Manley (EDDC ward members for Sidmouth) and the 3Rs campaign team.

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