Seafront webcams have ‘fantastic’ potential to showcase Budleigh to the world

Budleigh Salterton seafront will be showcased around the world if fledgling plans to install webcams forge ahead.

Budleigh town councillors last night (Monday) backed an idea floated by clerk Jo Vanstone to investigate the installation of live-stream webcams along the seafront.

Potential seafront sites to mount Budleigh webcams were revealed as Blueberry Downs and Steamer Steps.

The council said webcams had the ‘fantastic’ potential to showcase the town globally and attract visitors and tourists.

Mrs Vanstone said she had consulted webcam operators in Exmouth, who had carried out a recce of Budleigh seafront.

She said the webcams would require electricity and a phoneline to operate and could be linked to websites run by the town council and Tourist Information Centre.

Mrs Vanstone said: “At the moment it’s just an idea. We have looked at a couple of locations.

“The two sites that have come up that might be a good are from Steamer Steps, looking right down towards Otter Head, and then at the top of Blueberry Downs. That could be a camera that could pan right around from Otter Head in the seafront direction.

“I have got some costings but the main problem is getting an electricity supply and the agreement of it to be sited

“It will be really popular. They have got three on Sidmouth seafront – one right at the far end by the Port Royal, one at Connaught Gardens and one on the Esplanade. And they have got one in Exmouth.”

Budleigh councillors heaped praise on the seafront webcam idea, saying it would add fresh interest to the town’s website and act as a tourist attraction.

Cllr Alan Jones said: “There are loads of them all over the world. I have got a friend in Canada. When the river froze, I went into their cameras and you could see around the town.

“It creates a genuine lot of interest for the people of the town.”

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