Queen’s Drive in Exmouth to get spruce-up, new benches and lights with EU cash

Queen’s Drive in Exmouth is to be spruced-up during the next month with new picnic benches and lights and repair work to sun shelters. 

Fresh bike racks and gates may also be installed if there is enough time to organise the work, writes Local Democracy Reporter Joe Ives.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) will pay for the improvement with cash it has left from the EU’s European Regional Development Fund

The Government received £56million from the kitty, some of which it paid to councils as part of a ‘Welcome Back Fund’ to help local authorities recover from the Covid pandemic.

Queen’s Drive updates must be paid for by the end of March, otherwise EDDC will lose the money.

It forms a continuation of work done last year which saw boardwalks, staging and some badly-rotten seating replaced.

The seating areas in better condition were left in, but a year on they are now in a poor state and need to be replaced.

The new benches will be made of recycled composite which will last longer and require less maintenance than the old timber seating.

Speaking at a meeting of EDDC’s Exmouth Queen’s Drive Delivery Group, a council officer said the area’s lightbulbs ‘are all full of water, basically’ and need to be replaced.

The new lights will be more energy-efficient.

The sun shelters will be repaired and tidied up.

Parts of Queen’s Drive will also receive a fresh lick of paint.

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