Saturday, July 7, 2012
Re: Exmouth redevelopment - any so-called improvements to the Exmouth seafront should take place where there are no existing businesses.
Whatever SPLASH involves should not require the destruction of the Harbour View café and Coastwatch tower.
Nor should it replace the children’s play areas on the other side of the road.
The area at the back where the climbing frames and slides etc are is excellent value for money and greatly enjoyed by the children who go there.
If there is inadequate unused space on the seafront for SPLASH, it should be sited on the estuaryside. A new supermarket does not require waterfront access.
If East Devon District Council no longer wants to maintain Elizabeth Hall, it should be sold to Exmouth groups who do want to keep it, not sold to the highest bidder purely for commercial gain. It is an attractive building, unlike most modern constructions.
The toilet block is required in that location whatever happens to the rest of the site.
Children and the elderly make up a large percentage of visitors to Exmouth.
Both groups require toilet facilities close by, at short notice.
The only structure required to complete the alterations to The Strand is a double-sided shelter — for those waiting for buses and to replace the thatched shelter.
A permanent stage or café is not required.
Any money not spent on The Strand redevelopment can be used to maintain the toilet facilities throughout the town, which are required year round.
Manor Gardens has a stage, and a small unlicensed café would be an excellent use for the old TIC building.
Redeveloping the London Inn site, which is currently used as a shopper’s car park, will surely keep people away from the town centre, not encourage them to come if there is nowhere for them to leave their cars.
With the Valley Parks redevelopment, we had a very wet April and experienced a very wet June.
Why then is anybody even considering building close to a brook on what is surely flood plain? No building should be allowed on flood plains.
A few weeks ago the Journal reported that EDDC was going to have a communications officer.
Communication is a two-way street; I hope they listen to the people of Exmouth instead of making decisions for us.
Barbara Speed-Andrews (Miss)