“A report on the current position was due to come to tonight’s Cabinet meeting – but there is no sign of it.
September’s East Devon District Council Cabinet meeting saw an urgent item brought forward to dissolve the Exmouth Regeneration Board and replace it with the Exmouth Queen’s Drive Delivery Group.
Although not initially on September’s agenda, it was brought forward at the last minute so that they could meet that month and receive the latest information, with a report to come to the October cabinet meeting outlining the current position and a timetable of next steps.
Explaining why it was adding as an urgent item, Cllr Ben Ingham, leader of the council, said that had they waited until the next meeting, it would have caused a further delay in progressing the plans.
But the cabinet agenda for tonight’s meeting (October 2) does not include any items on the Queen’s Drive project. A council spokesman has said though a public engagement event will take place in November.
They said: “A cabinet report will come forward later on regarding progress and next steps on the delivery of Queen’s Drive Phase 3. A public engagement event will be taking place in November led by Hemingway Design who have been leading on a new vision for the Queen’s Drive site. More information on this will come forward shortly.”
Consultation with the public was undertaken by HemingwayDesign in the summer of 2018 and it was hoped and expected by senior councillors that their report on the options for phase 3 would have been published this summer, but that date has passed.
Phase 1 of the Queen’s Drive project, the realignment of the road and the new car park, was completed in June.
Phase 2, the new watersports centre, is set to open in time for the summer of 2020, and the hoardings have been installed around the new, upcoming watersports development, Sideshore. …”