Hemingway designs for Exmouth on display 13-14 November: 4.5 hours to view materials, 2 hours for presentation of feedback

Doesn’t seem a lot of time for such an important project … and it sounds like “show and tell” rather rhan “show and listen”.

“Hemingway Design – tasked with creating a vision for the third phase of the seafront regeneration scheme – will outline the feedback they received from an online survey and how those views have guided the proposals.

The phase three site includes the former Exmouth Fun Park and the plot currently occupied by Harbour View Café.

People can view the exhibition materials on

Wednesday, November 13, from noon until 4.30pm at a public drop-in at the same venue.

The event, organised by Hemingway Design and supported by East Devon District Council, will take place between

5.30pm and 7.30pm on
Thursday, November 14, at Ocean.

The exhibition will also look at ways that these opportunities can be realistically implemented.

Commercial property advisors from Lambert Smith Hampton will be on hand to advise on deliverability of the proposals. …”

https://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/hemingway-design-public-exhibition-event-1-6334227

“Seaside residents dominate personal debt league in England and Wales”

Owl says: Has anyone seen policies to reverse this trend from our Local Enterprise Partnership? Or even from EDDC? Or DCC?

Hint: development in Exmouth is the “traditional” kind the article points out as leading to problems.

“Seaside towns and cities dominate the list of areas with the highest numbers of people getting into serious difficulties with debt, according to new figures.

Scarborough, the largest resort on the Yorkshire coast, ranked second out of 347 local authorities in England and Wales for personal insolvencies, while Torbay in Devon – which includes the town of Torquay – came third, said the accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young.

Plymouth, on the south coast of Devon, was ranked fourth, while Blackpool was in sixth place.

However, it was the city of Stoke-on-Trent in the Midlands which had the highest rate of personal insolvencies, recording just over 51 per 10,000 adults in 2018. The national average was 25, said the firm.

The insolvency rate includes personal bankruptcies, debt relief orders and individual voluntary arrangements….

Other coastal locations or regions featured in the firm’s “top 20” included Weymouth and Portland in Dorset, which includes the resort of Weymouth, which was in 12th place (39.6 insolvencies per 10,000 adults); the Isle of Wight, in 13th place (39.3 per 10,000); Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, in 14th place (39.2 per 10,000); Cornwall, in 17th place (38.5 per 10,000); and Hastings in East Sussex, in 19th place (38 per 10,000).

The accountancy firm said many coastal towns outside south-east England had struggled to replace their traditional industries with faster growth sectors such as financial services and technology. …”

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/oct/21/seaside-residents-dominate-personal-debt-league-in-england-and-wales?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Exmouth developer wants to build private houses before affordable ones …

Yeah, right … and then somehow the houses don’t get sold (maybe because people don’t know where the affordable houses will go if ever they are built) and then the affordables disapear … and then all high-cost housing gets built … and then suddenly they all sell …

Developer behind 36-home Exmouth scheme asks for more time to deliver last affordable dwellings – so it can sell private properties

Sale of Knowle site to PegasusLife – final numbers in

You decide whether it represents value for money (and maybe take some developer costs with big pinches of salt):

District council reveals how much developer will pay for former Sidmouth HQ – with new retirement community ‘set to be worth £50m’

“Yet another delay in reveal of Exmouth seafront future plans”

“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. …”

https://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/yet-another-delay-reveal-exmouth-3385751

Who will get ditched councillor’s seat on “Queen’s Drive Exmouth Community Interest Company”?

Currently, directors are:

Ben [Correction: Sam] Hawkins – EDDC Independent Group councillor (Cranbrook)
Paul Millar – fired/resigned Independent Group councillor
Glen Woodcock – Grenadier
Grenadier Exmouth (whatever that means)

Source:
https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/11017649/officers

It will be REALLY interesting to see who gets the challice! In the gift of Leader Ingham? Depends as Tories and Independent group currently level pegging!

Exmouth Journal: misleading headline

The headline is:

“Exmouth seafront regeneration talks to no longer be held in secret”

HOWEVER, as the article goes on to say:

following concerns over the ‘secretive’ nature of the new group, East Devon District Council’s cabinet agreed that while the group would meet in private until January 1, the situation would then be reviewed as to if it could be opened up to the public.”

https://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/exmouth-regeneration-groups-talks-no-longer-secret-1-6258682

Not the same thing by any stretch of the imagination.

Still, Tory Exmouth town and district councillor Bruce de Sarum is now a member of the group and he has promised us all complete transparency:

https://eastdevonwatch.org/2019/09/07/tory-party-gangs-up-on-the-independent-group-in-exmouth-about-transparency-and-open-ness/

so it’s all fine – isn’t it!