Sidmouth Town Council and East Devon District Council recently commissioned, as a first step, a scoping study to understand the key opportunities and constraints for possible improvements to Port Royal.
A five-week consultation was then held over the summer and almost 250 responses were received from individuals and organisations. The anonymised raw data from this questionnaire is available to view together with the key for the codes that appear in the raw data.
Additionally, a Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group survey, which included questions about Port Royal, was completed by more than 1,800 households and these responses are being included in the overall consultation.
The responses from both consultations have been discussed by the Port Royal Reference Group, which is made up of representatives of Sidmouth town organisations including the Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan Group, the Sid Vale Association, Sidmouth Vision Group and the Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce along with Sidmouth Town, East Devon District and Devon County Councils.
Having heard the debate and views of the Reference Group in connection with the draft, the consultant has requested further time to refine the study report and in particular to detail recommendations about further investigations in respect of flooding and covenants. The final report will be considered by the councils jointly at which time it will be made public.
Given the request from the consultant, the report will not meet November council meeting deadlines, but it is expected that this will come forward early in the new year.