“Concerns raised over plan for Exmouth seafront temporary car park”

Owl says: This is what happens when you run a council as a business and not as a public service.

“East Devon District Council (EDDC) is seeking to create 13 spaces on land behind the rowing club, in Queen’s Drive.

The plot, owned by the authority, has previously been used by Exmouth RNLI for storage.

Tony Crowhurst, vice-chairman of Exmouth Rowing Club, has questioned the financial viability of the car park, adding: “There is a lot of work that needs to be done to create a safe car parking space which I don’t think they will recoup.

“The fact that they are going to be using the duck pond for events – we’re going to have a double whammy of people parking to use that area and those parking behind us.”

Mr Crowhurst also questioned the impact the plan will have on the club’s ability to transport their boats across the road to the beach.

He said: “We’re a local club and have got around 80-odd members. We do a lot of things in the community but this will make our ability to transport boats across the sea even harder.

“Already, people will park in front on the club and go dog walking for one or two hours and we can’t get our boats out.

“I would say at least once a week we’re in a situation where we have to ask people to move their cars from the front of our gates.”

An EDDC spokesman said it is aware of the rowing club’s concerns and believes they can be resolved.

Exmouth Town Council’s planning committee is set to discuss the application on Monday (April 30).

EDDC’s cabinet is due to decide whether or not the proposed facility should be included on the authority’s parking places order.

According to agenda papers for the meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 2, at Knowle, Sidmouth, officers are recommending that councillors approve this.

EDDC say they have sought cabinet approval prior to planning permission as they intend to have the car park operational by this summer.

A spokesman for EDDC said: “We are hoping to be able to offer the car park for public use this summer so we are running both of these processes in parallel to save time.”

EDDC planners will make the final decision on the application.”

http://www.exmouthjournal.co.uk/news/exmouth-rowming-club-objects-to-new-seafront-car-park-1-5491480

Exmouth’s Wright family receives much-deserved and unique award

From Exmouth’s Save our Seafront Facebook page and Exmouth Journal:

“The High Sheriff of Devon honours Maureen Wright and family, former owners of The Fun Park.

The award was presented to The Wright Family “in recognition of the great and valuable services to the community” and also recognises “the appreciation of the residents and people for activity and contribution in enhancing the life of the community”.

The High Sherriff, Heleen Lindsay-Fynn, can only honour one family or individual during her time in office and chose to present her award to The Wright Family on 21 February 2018.”

Danger of Exmouth’s “temporary” attractions

Letter in Exmouth Journal:

“There is very important meeting at the Town Hall on Tuesday 6th March at 10 am.

The future of Queens Drive is at stake. Do not be deceived by the description that the planning application is for 12 months only and is “temporary”.

Our Town Council has been bullied and harassed by EDDC paid officials and members of the Regeneration team to try and force this through using the threat of dereliction if they don’t get their way.

This plan reduces the play and recreation of this area to about a quarter. The bulk of the site is to be cheap food outlets and a big screen and spurious as yet unnamed and untested events. To this end to also force the issue EDDC has signed a contract for some play equipment and hired an events manager without consulting our elected representatives.

This area up to now has been protected by the Masterplan for Play and Recreation. Even in the wonderful, could now say fantastical, plans in Reserved Matters last year there is a huge area put aside for water play and other recreational activities. All this can now be lost forever if this so called “temporary attractions“ application goes through in its current form.

If you care about our Seafront, send someone to this meeting. We must stand up to bullying. We must stand up for democracy and above all we must continue to stand up for our lovely Seafront.

Sally Galsworthy, Exmouth”

New coastal communities fund open

“A further bidding round has opened for the government’s fund to promote regeneration and economic growth in coastal towns.

Successful projects in round 5 of the Coastal Communities Fund will share £40m among them. The money will be available to spend from April 2019 to March 2021.

The fund has allocated £174m to 295 projects since it began in 2012. It is for projects over £50,000 that will directly or indirectly lead to safeguarding and creating sustainable jobs.

Communities minister Jake Berry said: “Coastal communities up and down the country from Barrow-in-Furness to Brighton have been boosted by this funding which has spurred inward investment, sustainable growth, new jobs and exciting economic opportunities for local businesses.”

The fund has generated £8 for coastal area economies for every £1 invested, the minister said.

Successful projects have included a £1.95m grant to Cornwall to repair and re-launch the Grade II Listed Art Deco Jubilee Pool in Penzance as a year-round visitor attraction, a £2m allocation for Blackpool’s Lightpool project to improve its seafront Illuminations and Northumberland’s £1.8m award to turn Amble into a destination for devotees of seafood. …”
http://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2018/02/coastal-communities-benefit-ps40m

Will dredging problems affect Exmouth’s water sports centre?

“Dredging from a marina in Exmouth is being halted after sands on Teignmouth’s beach turned black at the weekend.

The contamination was a shock to local residents and businesses ahead of the all-important Easter break.

The town has worked hard to drive up bathing water quality standards in recent years but local people were annoyed when the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) granted a licence for the disposal of thousands of tonnes of silt from the marina in Exmouth close to their beach.

The MMO said it was suspending the licence “relating to the dredging of Exmouth Marina and disposal of materials at the Sprey Point site”.

It added: “The suspension will be active immediately once the notice is served on the licence holder.”

Heavy seas have washed away most of the black silt in the meantime.”

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-devon-43129090