Alternative vision to ‘retain, refurbish, reuse’ launched by councillors for Sidmouth seafront

An alternative plan for the redevelopment of Sidmouth seafront has been revealed by four of Sidmouth’s District Councillors. Consultants are carrying out a scoping study to assess the feasibility of redevelopment of the area on behalf of Sidmouth Town and East Devon District Councils who are the major landowners of the site, and plans went on show at Kennaway House in Sidmouth at the end of June.

They revealed that the seafront could get up to 30 flats that stand five storeys high as part of the redevelopment.

But district councillors Cathy Gardner, Matt Booth, Marianne Rixson and Dawn Manley are challenging the suggestion that the only apparent option for the redevelopment is the implementation of the Local Plan’s proposal for a large, multi-use building with 30 homes.

Instead they say that there is a viable alternative that would involve retaining, refurbishing and reusing the buildings.

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Cllr Booth said: “We believe that there is a viable alternative approach and are calling for residents and visitors to support our proposal.”

The campaign launched by the four councillors on Monday, Cllr Cathy Gardner said: “The 3R’s encapsulates what many people have said they want.”

She said that you could retain existing buildings and uses, refurbish the whole area as needed and reuse sites such as the Drill Hall and old boat park.

Cllr Gardner added: “We’re not laying out a fixed set of ideas, but we want residents to be given a chance to debate the enhancement of the area and to reach a democratic solution.

“We will be holding a public meeting to bring together supporters of this proposal and ideas for funding. We are confident that many people can help to deliver a plan of this kind if it’s adopted, whether by volunteering, donating or fundraising.”

The meeting will be held at All Saints Church Hall, Sidmouth, from 7pm on August 23.

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