5. What are the next changes coming for Exmouth?
As well as the development of the water sports centre and Queen’s Drive development site, there are a number of other projects underway for Exmouth.
Without Mamhead Slipway, Exmouth is not fulfilling its role as a leisure maritime centre. There is currently no large slipway between Bridport and Teignmouth. Mamhead is the main slipway for boat launching in Exmouth and has been shut for several years because it was worn out and unsafe. It has taken time to develop the right design and engineering for a better facility, to commission contractors and to time the reconstruction to satisfy environmental concerns (migrating fish for instance).
In March 2016, EDDC will be starting to rebuild Mamhead and return Exmouth to its previous and proper maritime status. A much improved and safer facility for boat launching will further strengthen Exmouth’s local and visitor offer. To make this happen EDDC is investing £1.5m into the scheme.
Magnolia Centre and London Inn
The Council would like to see new life breathed into these vital town centre spaces with a more diverse retail and leisure offer linked to more efficient car parking provision. The variety and flourishing nature of businesses around the Strand shows what can be achieved with investment in public open spaces.
The need for a long term solution to this important area of Exmouth hasn’t gone away, even if the chance of a large supermarket has for the moment. The Rugby Club still needs longer term security and the Estuary side site has lots of ways that it could and should be improved in a way that compliments the rest of the town.
EDDC has been working with this important local community youth organisation to help them deliver a brand new building to replace a very old and tired one. EDDC has offered a grant of £150,000, on top of past costs in design and other services. The Sea Cadets have now begun work on the site in Camperdown and we can expect to see an impressive, new local HQ and training centre.
Coastal Communities Team
The government has given £10,000 to take forward an economic plan for Exmouth with a first stage document which has recently been submitted. This may unlock access to significant funding from central government for further investment to improve the strength and productivity of Exmouth’s economy.