Exmouth: Queen’s Drive Space reopens after £20,000 council clean-up

A large-scale tidy up of a public space on Exmouth seafront has cost £20,000 and resulted in new seating and lighting repairs.

The Queens Drive Space, in Exmouth, has reponed to the public after East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) property team replaced seating with benches made from recycled materials, repaired the festoon lights and refreshed sun shades.

The clean-up, financed with a grant from the European Union Welcome Back Fund, took around a fortnight to complete.

Councillor Nick Hookway, EDDC portfolio holder for culture, sport, leisure and tourism, said: “This work will give the Queen’s Drive Space a much needed tidy up to make the area safe, comfortable and attractive for residents and visitors.

“Funding for this work has come from the Welcome Back Fund.”

District council workers removed some of the existing seating and replaced them with 24 new picnic benches made from recycled materials.

The existing sun shelters were maintained and cleaned with all of the timbers treated. Plus, extra structural supports were added.

And any festoon lighting found not to be working was replaced and the supporting poles and barrels relocated and redecorated.

Cllr Hookway said: “The site will re-open shortly for the summer season with traders arriving on site soon.

“I have little doubt that the coming summer promises to be very busy on the Queen’s Drive Space with the added benefit of the extra bank holiday to allow us all to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”

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