4. What is changing for Exmouth?
Even in tough times, EDDC is investing in positive changes in Exmouth and good things are happening. The redeveloped Strand is now a cultural and social centre for Exmouth surrounded by thriving businesses serving all sections of the community and visitors. It is a site for festival events, Remembrance and armed forces occasions, the Christmas Cracker, markets and much more.
This 60-bedroom hotel replaced an underused and out-of-date single storey Victorian building with the town’s first affordable national chain hotel - a long overdue asset for Devon’s biggest town. More than forty local people have jobs in the hotel and it is hugely popular bringing new visitors and visitor spend into the town all year round.
The Council worked with the private owner/developer of the Ocean Leisure Centre at the end of 2012 to make sure this delayed leisure development opened. East Devon LED is now running the facility and investing in making it a thriving indoor entertainment place with ten pin bowling, soft play, food and drink and rooms for hire. LED opened a new indoor soft play area and cafe in October 2015.
Exmouth Leisure Centre
The Leisure Centre has undergone a £2m major revamp underwritten by EDDC with new gym, studio space and climbing walls.
EDDC has invested in a new bar area and flexible seating to enable the Pavilion to widen the variety of its events in an already popular schedule.