Top 12 priorities for Exmouth in 2020 set out by the district council

  Posted: 14.01.20 at 12:15 by Joseph Bulmer and Daniel Clark

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This week East Devon District Council has released a 77 point plan for the area as we head into 2020.

Nub News and Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark have worked together to produce a list of the twelve priorities for Exmouth, as set out in the council’s plans.

The council’s draft budget and key service plans and objectives will be discussed a joint meeting of the overview and scrutiny committee on Wednesday morning.

Councillors will get the opportunity to scrutinise the proposals that the Independent administration who run the council have put forward, with recommendations to be presented back to the Cabinet on February 5.

Documents with the agenda outline how the council plans to spend its budget in 2020/21 and also what the key objectives that they aim to achieve are.

Here are the key proposals for Exmouth:

1. Continue to follow the process for bringing forward the delivery of phase 3 at Queen’s Drive, following on from the visioning exercise undertaken by Hemingway Design and the soft market testing by Lambert Smith Hampton. If in early 2020 the recommendations of the report will be implemented. If it is determined that a marketing exercise should be pursued then this will commence by Spring 2020.

2. Work with Exmouth Town Council and Devon County Council to review the outcomes of the 2018 and 2019 motorhome and caravan pilot in Exmouth’s Imperial Recreation Ground, Maer Road and Queens Drive Echelon long stay car parks.

3. Apply for Green Flag awards at Connaught Gardens Sidmouth, Manor Gardens Exmouth and submit a new application for Seaton Seafield Gardens.

4. Apply for Blue Flag retention at Exmouth in 2020 and Seaside awards for Sidmouth, Seaton and Budleigh following another year of excellent water quality results.

5. Continue to deliver a programme of events at Queen’s Drive Space for summer 2020, alongside the free play offer and pop up food and bar facilities.

6. Wild Exmouth Heritage Lottery Fund year 2 to deliver 8 new events and engage 1000 people.

7. Carry out annual tree planting of: 20 x substantial trees (14-16cm girth), 30 tree whips in parks and gardens, 10 substantial trees on the Littleham Estate, a community orchard on The Green, Budleigh and a community orchard at Land of Canaan, Ottery.

8. Continue work with project lead The Environment Agency to complete the construction of the Exmouth Tidal Defence scheme.

9. Start investigations into scope of works required at Exmouth beach to recharge/manage the amenity as set out in the Exmouth BMP for the 2020s.

10. Replacement of end of life play equipment at well used sites on EDDC land, include at Exmouth Brixington play site, Honiton Cherry Close, Axminster Millwey & Seaton Seafield, Seaton Meadway play area, Budleigh Greenway Lane, Exmouth The Crescent and Honiton Butts Close play areas.

11. Design and if approved deliver a layout for motorhome parking at the Northern end of the Exmouth Estuary car park.

12. Deliver a fixed big screen on the Strand in Exmouth, using the Strand redevelopment reserve, giving us the ability to run local advertising, council promotions and messages as well as screen large scale events such as Wimbledon, Concerts and Proms.

The following are council priorities which are not specific to Exmouth but will be of importance to residents:

-Continue to scope ways of increasing access to and understanding of reliable health information across East Devon.

-Subject to the outcome of the car parks Task and Finish Forum we propose to carry out a public consultation exercise on our car parking fees and charges during 2020.

-Implementation of a new banded discount scheme for council tax support in 2020/21.

-Implement e-billing across Council Tax and Business Rates so that customers can elect to have the bill emailed.

-Ensure that new developments are required to deliver appropriate levels of open space and promote walking and cycling to deliver better health and wellbeing outcomes.

-Ensure all major parks have an event or engagement activity during the year which offers opportunities for health & wellbeing.

-Continue to work to maintain and build on a recycling rate of 60% so it becomes our annual rate, enabling us to be in the top 10 Local Authorities in England for recycling.

-Continue to develop our successful Green Waste Service and effectively market it to customers to grow our customer base from 11,300 to 13,500; achieving an income of £98K.

-Meet the increased demand from homeless households and secure suitable temporary and permanent accommodation, supporting households who present with physical and mental health needs, poverty and other issues, to ensure they are able to sustain their tenancies.

-Enable the delivery of affordable housing, gypsy and traveller pitches, homes for life, self-build plots etc. to enable our diverse range of housing needs to be met.

To see the full list of 77 proposals, click the red button below.

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