List of previous Town Polls - Exmouth

Laura S J Freeman made this Freedom of Information request to East Devon District Council

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Dear East Devon District Council,

Please could you provide the following:

1) List of all Town Polls that have taken place in Exmouth during whatever time your records go back to
2) The outcome of these Town Polls (i.e. Was what the town voted for fulfilled? What happened?)

I appreciate item 2 might be difficult to answer, but if there is any record of actions that followed the Town Poll at the time, I would really appreciate it the information.

In light of the recent Town Poll (back in April this year), it's got me very curious as to when - if ever - this type of thing has happened before!

Hope you can help :)

Yours faithfully,
Laura S J Freeman

East Devon District Council

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Customer Service Centre
East Devon District Council
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East Devon District Council

Dear Miss Freeman,

Thank you for your request for information. Please find the response to your query below.

1) List of all Town Polls that have taken place in Exmouth during whatever time your records go back to.
2) The outcome of these Town Polls (i.e. was what the town voted for fulfilled? What happened?)

I appreciate item 2 might be difficult to answer, but if there is any record of actions that followed the Town Poll at the time, I would really appreciate the information.

Poll carried out on 19 March 2007 - Question 'Do you consider it is in the greater public interest to protect the Estuary site by prohibiting further commercial development?' - We are unable to confirm the result of the Poll but no further action was taken at the time by EDDC.

Poll carried out on 20 April 2016 - 'Should Exmouth Town Council recommend to East Devon District Council that before any further planning applications are approved with regard to the Queen's Drive development area, that additional independent consultation should be carried out in addition to that required by the applicant and the local planning authority?' ? The result from the Poll was Yes at 94.9% of votes - We have noted the result and will assess it at the appropriate time.

If you are not satisfied with the way we have responded to your request, please fill in our online complaint form at http://eastdevon.gov.uk/feedback-and-com...
or write to the Monitoring Officer, EDDC, Knowle, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL.

Yours sincerely,

Sara

Ms S Harvey
Information and Complaints Officer
East Devon District Council

01395 571659
www.eastdevon.gov.uk

Dear East Devon District Council,

Thank you very much for your reply and the information you provided.

With regards to the Town Poll carriedout on 19 March 2007 ("Question 'Do you consider it is in the greater public interest to protect the Estuary site by prohibiting further commercial development?'"), since you are unable to confirm the outcome of this poll, please could you tell me where I would be able to find the outcome?

Lastly, you stated that with regards to the results of the Town Poll earlier this year, that you "will assess it at the appropriate time" - what do you mean by this?

Thanks again for all your help.

Kindest regards,
Laura S J Freeman

East Devon District Council

Thank you for submitting a request for information. We will respond to your request as quickly as possible, within the 20 working day statutory deadline under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

For updates on this case, please quote your unique reference number 101000646580 .

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Customer Service Centre
East Devon District Council
Web: www.eastdevon.gov.uk

Dear East Devon District Council,

I suspect that the acknowledgement you have just sent was done so in error, since you have already acknowledged this FOI request and it is currently still in discussion.

Yours faithfully,
Laura S J Freeman

East Devon District Council

Dear Miss Freeman,

Thank you for your request for information. Please find the response to your query below.

With regards to the Town Poll carried out on 19 March 2007 ("Question 'Do you consider it is in the greater public interest to protect the Estuary site by prohibiting further commercial development?'"), since you are unable to confirm the outcome of this poll, please could you tell me where I would be able to find the outcome? - We have been able to locate the result of this Poll after further searching and can confirm that 94% voted in favour of prohibiting further commercial development. As previously stated no further action was taken at the time by EDDC.

Lastly, you stated that with regards to the results of the Town Poll earlier this year, that you "will assess it at the appropriate time" - what do you mean by this? ? Please see below the results of the Town Poll in April 2016 and EDDC's response at the time, in particular the statement from Cllr Andrew Moulding, Chairman of Exmouth Regeneration Board, in which he advises that we will 'await the outcome of Exmouth Town Council's discussions and the district council will pay due regard to what the town council decides to do'.

Exmouth Town Poll April 2016

The EDDC Communications team sent out two press releases on April 6 2016 and April 12, 2016 giving details about the poll, including polling stations, prior to Poll day.

We were asked by the Express and Echo, Western Morning News, BBC Radio Devon, the Exmouth Journal, and Bay FM if we could send the results of the Poll to them as soon as it was announced. The Communications Team sent them out in a statement after the Poll had been declared on the evening of Wednesday April 20th.

The statement is below:

'We have been asked to send out the results of the parish poll held in Exmouth today on behalf of Exmouth Town Council. The poll was held between 4pm and 9pm and the count was carried out immediately after the polling stations closed.

Exmouth residents were asked to vote as to whether Exmouth Town Council should recommend to East Devon District Council that further independent consultation should be carried out in respect of its proposals for Queen's Drive.

The number of ballot papers issued was 4,754 and there was a 17.8% turnout.

A total 4,515 (94.9%) voted in favour of Exmouth Town Council making the recommendation, while 232 (5.1%) voted against. There were seven spoilt ballot papers.'

On the following day, April 21, the Communication Team sent out a statement to our local media giving a reaction to the poll result. See below.

Please find below EDDCs reaction to the Exmouth poll results.

Cllr Andrew Moulding, Chairman of Exmouth Regeneration Board and deputy leader of East Devon District Council, said: "We await the outcome of Exmouth Town Council's discussions and the district council will pay due regard to what the town council decides to do. The outcome of the poll is not legally binding on the town council or the district council.

"I must stress though, as we have explained before, we have carried out extensive and detailed consultation in Exmouth and there have been numerous opportunities for people to have their say on the future of their town and the seafront. Widespread consultation was held during the Exmouth Masterplan exercise in 2010/11 and the Exmouth redevelopment in 2012/13. When outline planning permission for the site was approved in January 2014, the council carried out further public consultation in autumn 2013.

"The district council has always said that more consultation will be carried out by the developers when they bring their proposals forward. The developers' consultation will need to be conducted to the satisfaction of the council, in its capacity as landowner, and will be carried out before any formal detailed planning applications. The planning applications that then follow will reflect this consultation and will be subject to further public consideration during the planning application process.

"The council is very much aware of the mix of views about regenerating Exmouth. What we are seeking to do is to create jobs, attract new visitors and new businesses with a multi-million pound investment in the seafront. We have already seen success with the Strand and the Premier Inn, both of which are a boost to visitor numbers and businesses. Furthermore, we are investing £1.2m on Mamhead slipway to re-establish Exmouth as an even better leisure marine location."

If you are not satisfied with the way we have responded to your request, please fill in our online complaint form at http://eastdevon.gov.uk/feedback-and-com...
or write to the Monitoring Officer, EDDC, Knowle, Sidmouth, EX10 8HL.

Yours sincerely,

Sara

Ms S Harvey
Information and Complaints Officer
East Devon District Council

01395 571659
www.eastdevon.gov.uk

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