Exe Estuary chiefs want to spend £95,000 on revamping their Exmouth HQ to boost working conditions.
Exeter Port Authority has asked the city council to release the estimated funding to upgrade its Trinity Buoy Store base in Camperdown Terrace.
The revamp would provide a fit-for-purpose office and ancillary accommodation for the Harbour Master and Waterways service. It would also see the entire roof of the building replaced.
Exeter Port Authority – responsible for the Exe Estuary, Exeter Canal and Quay – is run by the city council.
In a report on the issue, city surveyor Michael Carson says: “This grade-two listed asset has been determined by the Director of Environment and City Management to be the most effective location from which to operate the council’s Port Authority function and developing commercial mooring services.
“The alterations will improve working conditions, together with creating the added functionality of staff office, mess room, shower room and workshop.
“In addition, the roof covering requires replacement to ensure the building remains fit for purpose during the intended life cycle of the asset and to comply with lease obligations.
“This asset is optimally located to support the council’s Port Authority function and developing commercial mooring services.
“There is no other council-held asset, in the locality or elsewhere within the councils estate, which enables the service to be operated effectively.”
The report adds that the Exmouth HQ is a grade-two listed and leased by the council and not proceeding with the roof replacement would see the premises decline.
Members have been warned this could see the council fail to preserve a listed building and breach of the terms of its lease.
Exeter City Council’s executive is set to consider the matter on Tuesday. Its recommendation will then go to full council on April 21.