Public asked for views on future regeneration of Exmouth town center

Residents and visitors are being asked for their views on the future regeneration of sites across Exmouth town center.

East Devon District council (EDDC) has launched workshops and an online questionnaire at the start of ‘exciting’ new plans for the resort.

The authority is leading the Placemaking in Exmouth Town and Seafront Group and wants the public’s thoughts on ‘key themes and characteristics they want’ to shape developments.

An online questionnaire – seeking views on how various key sites can be improved – will run for around eight weeks

And a pair of public workshops will be held at Ocean on Queen’s Drive.

The first will take place on Thursday, July 14, from 7pm to 9.30pm, and the second on Sunday, July 31, from 10am to 12.30pm.

A further two workshops will be held for stakeholders and officials.

South West Research Company will also be conducting a total of 400 on-street, face-to-face interviews in July and August on behalf of the council.

All the views gathered will be used to help shape developments in Exmouth town center and seafront in the future, says EDDC.

Councilor Nick Hookway, portfolio holder tourism, sport, leisure and culture, said: “Exmouth is a lovely place to live and work in as well. However, there is a need to develop new places that will enhance the town, improve the visitor experience and provide better amenities for residents.

“New developments will lead to economic growth and provide job opportunities.”

He added: “At the first stakeholder session… there were many comments on how Exmouth needs to unlock the puzzle that visitors often experience when moving around the town center to get to the seafront.

“Exmouth is blessed with a superb seafront and, together with the Exe Estuary, is an attractive place to visit.

“EDDC would like to hear the views of residents as these new placemaking proposals are put forward. May I encourage as many residents as possible to take a few minutes to complete the consultation. ”

EDDC leader Cllr Paul Arnott said: “Exmouth is by far the biggest community in East Devon, and it is vital to listen to the opinions and wishes of local people.

“We are very grateful indeed to all the town councilors, local residents and stakeholders who have advised us on how best to approach this new consultation and now look forward to hearing what everyone wishes to say. Thank you for taking part. ”

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