8. Who will use the new Queen’s Drive leisure attractions?
The Council would like Queen’s Drive to offer all-year-round entertainment, free-to-use public spaces and a free play area, new pay-to-play attractions, more for different age groups and a national water sports centre. The mix of attractions will be there for all the following groups and more:
- Family and couples nights out in Exmouth
- Three generations enjoying the space together
- Teenagers having a good time
- Watersports enthusiasts visiting from far and wide, staying and spending
- Rainy day and winter visitors
- Enticing the holiday park crowd into town
- Visitors using different accommodation
- Exmouth’s stunning beach
Exmouth has a national reputation as a water sports centre and increasingly, is one of the best UK locations for kite surfing and as a centre for training and competitions. The water sports centre will create 45 jobs. The wider development is estimated to provide 175 jobs. Redevelopment and the refreshing of the town’s leisure offer is important, as people’s tastes change and different destinations at home and abroad compete for their attention. When new investment happens, people respond positively and the Strand and Premier Inn are evidence of that.
At the moment, the Queen’s Drive development area is a private play area, next to a car park and including pay-to-enter golf, a play park and cafes. The play park and golf are weather dependent and are not always open throughout the winter.