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At the moment East Devon District Council seems to be looking to fund changes at Port Royal by selling land to a developer but that is not the only way to gain finance.
This campaign is actively investigating funding possibilities in which we hope, eventually, to have the backing of Sidmouth Town Council. Some funding possibilities are the Prince's Trust, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and government community funding. This is not a simple area to investigate and we will let people know as soon as there is anything useful to tell.
A negative campaign is one which is focussed on narrow motives of 'preventing' something or 'opposing' something or someone. So this campaign is not intended to be negative.
It is not a 'knee-jerk' reaction to the Consultant's proposals at the public consultation event at the end of June 2017 but the result of years of research and ideas from various groups within the town. These groups know that there is more than one possible solution to improving Port Royal and so were distressed to see that years of work seemed to have had no influence on the concepts put forward.
It is not a hate campaign from bitter and stupid people against our elected Councillors. Our Councillors work very hard for the Town and are often dealing with things they have never come across before, things for which they need outside help and information. Usually this help comes from Officers of STC or EDDC, or from independent experts employed for a particular purpose; however this is no reason to refuse extra help from volunteers within the town who also have particular expertise. We have been told the STC is listening so we have to behave equally responsibly and give them information they can understand and use.
It is not an attack on the Reference Group put together to help the Consultants understand the town. We are well aware that their ability to do the job they were set up to do has been limited by circumstance.
It is not preempting the results of the final Scoping Exercise Report; but an attempt to open out possibilities before it gets to the stage where it is too late. We have seen the results of being slow off the mark in Exmouth and at the Knowle too. We don't want to be fighting the same sort of soul-destroying battle for Port Royal.
We want as many people as possible to join us and throw ideas into the mix so we get the best possible compromise between reasonable aspirations.
Port Royal is the seaward side of Sidmouth's Eastern Town.
Eastern Town used to be anything to the east of Fore Street and High Street but now tends to refer to the area fronting Ham Lane/York Street/Mill Street and further east. As you can see the definition is fluid and the same applies to Port Royal.
Port Royal definitely includes all the conservation area which is east of Ham Lane, ending at the Sid river, but there is no strict demarcation to its northern boundary. Some people consider it to be just the conservation area, some feel it goes up to the swimming pool, and some feel it goes as far back as the end of the children's play area on the Ham.
This is the map given in the Scoping Exercise Project Brief from Sidmouth Town Council and East Devon District Council.
Although this is the area marked for redevelopment in the Local Plan
This map shows the Conservation Area from the EDDC website.
The boards are no longer available to view on the East Devon District Council site or on the Sidmouth Town Council site. However, they can still be seen in our visual archives.
The 3Rs campaign is headed by a core team of 6 which includes the four Independent Councillors Cathy Gardner, Marianne Rixson, Matt Booth and Dawn Manley.
This team is supported by a variety of other people who have an interest in the history and future of Sidmouth and who help out with the 'leg work'. As people are drawn from so many different areas it ensures that the 3Rs campaign keeps a very open mind about the possibilities at Port Royal.
The main consultants are Jillings-Heynes but other consultants were part of the process too.
It is unclear as to whether these three extra companies were brought in by J-H or by EDDC, whose Regeneration Team were tasked with supplying extra consultants and managing the day-to-day running of the project.