Have your say on planned seafront leisure centre

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THERE is still time for members of the public to have their say on a proposed new leisure centre for Exmouth seafront.

East Devon District Council is urging as many people as possible to comment on the Exmouth Splash development before the consultation period ends on January 14. Exmouth Splash is planned to be a new, vibrant and colourful leisure and recreation area on Exmouth seafront, between the old lifeboat station and the Maer on Queen’s Drive.

Architect’s impressions, together with ideas for features within the centre, have been on view in Exmouth as well as on-line at www.eastdevon.gov.uk/exmouthsplash since late November. During that time many people have taken the chance to give their views and tell EDDC what they think.

Key aspects of the proposed development include a large privately-run play and recreation area, with both indoor and outdoor facilities and a water sports hub - planned to be the centrepiece of the other main leisure area located on the seafront.

Other features will include retail areas, an amusement, a public square, holiday accommodation, a two-storey café and parking for 200-plus cars.

Councillor Andrew Moulding, chairman of the Exmouth Regeneration Partnership Board, said: “These plans offer the potential for significant change and improvement on Exmouth seafront for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.

“We really do want to hear from as many people as possible, though, to help shape and improve the plans before a formal planning application goes forward. Whatever your views, please take a minute or two to fill in the consultation questionnaire and let us know what you think.”

Full illustrations and descriptions for ‘Exmouth Splash’ are still on show in the window of the former Thomas Tucker shop opposite Exmouth Town Hall and response forms are available to pick up at the Town Hall.

Visitors to Exmouth Pavilion can also see the proposals on display in the main foyer every day until the consultation closes. EDDC members and officers will be on hand at The Pavilion to discuss the plans in detail on the evening of Monday 7 January (6pm – 8pm) and morning of Thursday 10 January (10.30am – 12.30pm).

Anyone who would like to be sent details of the consultation by post, as well as a full response questionnaire, can do so by e-mailing jbuckley@eastdevon.gov.uk or by phoning 01395 517569.

Councillors will study and consider all comments in advance of a formal planning application, likely to be submitted in February or March this year.

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