A tale of two seaside towns


BIG seafront development plans, unpopular with locals, lots of income for land-holding EDDC and big income potential, quick tender and choice of partner:


SMALL seafront development plans, popular with locals, almost no EDDC land- holding or big income potential, no tender, no progress:

Gung-ho Exmouth, inertia on Seaton

If anything illustrates EDDC as business-led rather than resident-led this is it.

“Hundreds form ‘conga cordon’ as they bid to Save Exmouth Seafront”

Owl says: with current re-thinking on austerity (aka massive Tory u-turn) and new dialogue about social responsibility and inequality (Labour) might it be time to go back to local authorities working for residents instead of being just big businesses sucking up our money for vanity projects for greedy developers?

“Hundreds of protesters formed a conga cordon around Exmouth seafront on Saturday to around businesses that will have to close at the end of the summer as a result of multi-million pound redevelopment plans.

… Nick Hookway, Save Exmouth Seafront spokesman, said that the group are invigorated after Saturday following the support that they received from the public.

“The event was so successful that we are thinking about having stands on the seafront every weekend throughout the summer so people can find out about the proposals.”

He added that the feeling he got from speaking to people at the event was that no-one was in favour of the proposals as they currently are.

He said: “Why are the council carrying on with the proposals when there is no developer interested, apart from the watersports centre which is just a small part of the plan.

“When the fun park closes, the rest of the seafront will just be derelict and it is horrifying the thought of the seafront being all boarded up.

“We are concerned that the area will be left empty and there will be an air of dereliction about the whole site. Why should Exmouth residents have to put up with a derelict seafront as a result of this? There is already an air of dereliction on the site as metal hoardings appear. This is a situation that will get worse when these last two businesses close.

“It is very encouraging the level of support that we received and we will continue to put our point across and hope we will be able to influence the developers when they do put in their watersports centre plans.

“Most people recognise and do want to see the area given a makeover. But we want something that is built in line with the environment and with the full support of and after consultation with the people of Exmouth. You could come up with something imaginative that would be supported.

“We are invigorated after the event that was such a success and will continue to get our voice heard.”


Exmouth: this is the sort of County Councillor you have elected

This is an extract of a Facebook page of County Councillor Richard Scott, who you have just chosen to represent you at county level, giving us his unique view on his colleague and regeneration. Here is its transcript verbatim:

Waste of time Town Poll over and valuable money lost. Lets see what the outcome is and whether or not the Town Council has to, which it doesn’t, have to write a letter to, thats right a letter to EDDC. I bet they are shitting themselves. I wonder if the chief exec of EDDC will read it or put it in the bin, which should be a recycle bin by the way as they are a sustainable council. I wonder why our esteemed district councillor and leader of SES didn’t try to influence the district council in her role rather than abuse the town council, our money and a retarded local ‘referendum’ regulation that effectively has no force or power over the landowner, or is it just about causing trouble because and trust me on this they do not want consultation they just don’t want any development in [Exmouth]”


Exmouth band forced from bandstand charity concerts due to EDDC price hike

” … this year the band has been forced to find a new venue following East Devon District Council’s decision to raise the charge from around £45 for the season to £189.60.

It comes at the same time as a new stipulation in East Devon District Council’s terms of use states that 30 per cent of all admission revenue for all events on council property must be given to the council.”


How did TV companies get to Knowle so quickly?

How were BBC Devon and Westcountry News able to get to Knowle so quickly when the Exmouth “regeneration” Development Management Committee didn’t start its meeting till 10 am yet Mark Williams was able to give an interview for the 1.30 pm edition of Spotlight and one that appeared on West Country News at 6 pm? And TV cameras were inside the meeting too.

Somehow they never seemed to be interested in the public’s protests about the same issues ….. though West Country News did at least balance the news today with local campaigners who were in disagreement with the decision.

And should Mark Williams have said he favours Grenadier’s watersports centre – after specifically naming them in his interview – isn’t he supposed to be neutral?