Contractors preparing the site for work to start on Tuesday September 4

East Devon District Council contractors are preparing an area of the Queen’s Drive site in Exmouth in advance of building work to realign the road and build a car park which begins on Tuesday September 4.

The contractors have started working this week on the site behind the hoarding where the new car park is planned and they are creating a compound and removing trees and shrubbery in the area.

The realigned road and car park, which is being paid for by the council as part of the wider project, is expected to be completed by Spring 2019 and the existing Queen’s Drive will remain open throughout the works, allowing access along the seafront.

The existing car park will remain open until the new car park is ready for use and after the summer holidays, a temporary entrance and exit point will be created there.   

When the work starts in September, a diversion will be created through the car park in order to provide access to the Cricket and Bowling Clubs and the Amusement Arcade.   The diversion will be clearly marked.  As the work progresses, this will change, but the affected organisations will be kept informed in advance.

The new works pave the way to creating a modern, exciting and attractive new leisure area on the site. The realignment of the road and car park is the first phase of the Queen’s Drive project. The second phase is a new watersports centre which is being built by the council’s development partners Grenadier. Work is expected to begin on the centre next year.

The council is looking for fresh ideas for the third and final phase of the project where planning consent has been granted to develop a mixed use leisure area.  The council has commissioned expert help from seaside renewal specialist’s HemingwayDesign to create a vision for the key site.

HemingwayDesign is asking for everyone to give their views and ideas about the future of Exmouth’s Queen’s Drive site and its role for the future of the seafront and the town.

You can go online, give your thoughts and take the survey giving your views and ideas at https://www.hemingwaydesign.co.uk/exmouth-opportunities-queens-drive/

Cllr Philip Skinner, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the economy and chairman of the Exmouth Regeneration Board, said he was delighted that work was about to begin on the road and car park.

He said:

It’s been a great summer with all the popular and different uses on the Queen’s Drive Space. Now we’re working hard to ensure that things move on at a pace.  I’m sure that once the Queen’s Drive redevelopment is in place, it will bring new investment into Exmouth that reflects the changing leisure expectations of residents, visitors and businesses.