Pictured is a demolition worker on the roof of one of the vacant buildings in Queen’s Drive.

Work being carried out to demolish buildings on Queen’s Drive site

East Devon District Council is moving forward with tidying up the Queen’s Drive regeneration site by demolishing empty buildings in preparation for the renewal of the area.

The demolition is taking place as the council prepares for the first two phases of the Queen’s Drive regeneration programme, which includes realigning the road, building a new car park and developing a water sports centre and new car-free area next to the seafront.

The buildings being demolished are the former DJ’s Cafe, all buildings present on the former Arnold Palmer/Jungle Fun site and the former Model Railway buildings. Work in the area began on the 1st November and is being carried out over the next three weeks.  

Concerns had previously been raised about the presence of badgers on the Arnold Palmer Golf site and the impact of demolition. The council obtained the appropriate license from Natural England for the relocation of the badgers which was overseen by a qualified badger expert.

Other measures taken to protect the ecology of the site include moving rare plant species and completing the careful demolition of two buildings supervised by a licensed bat expert, who also oversaw the installation of six bat boxes nearby.   

Adjacent businesses in the area, including the nearby Exmouth Fun Park and Exmouth Leisure Amusements, are able to remain open as usual while the work is carried out.  The car park will continue to operate as normal.