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Council extends deadline for food festival operators wanted to transform Exmouth seafront


Around 20 experienced food festival operators have already said that they want to ‘transform Exmouth seafront into an energetic and thriving focal point’.
Last week, East Devon District Council announced they were looking for experienced food festival operators who are interested in running to run an exciting and innovative food and drink opportunity as part of the Queen’s Drive regeneration project.
The deadline for applicants was initially midday on December 8 – but the council has announced they have extended the deadline until January 15.

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Exmouth seafront

What do you want?

Food festival

The timeline


Save Exmouth Seafront campaigners had questioned why the deadline was extended, asking whether it was because ‘they were not selling like hot cakes’.

But a council spokesman said that the opposite in fact was true as they had considerable interest but had extended the deadline to allow even more people to put together a proposal.

Timeline for Inspiring Exmouth
They added: “We’ve already had considerable interest in this offer from around 20 operators who have contacted us. However, as this time of year is a very busy one for the food industry we have decided to extend the deadline until January 15, 2018, to give the kind of businesses we want to hear from more time to put forward their expressions of interest.”

There are major plans to renovate the seafront for development as part of the Exmouth vision to regenerate the town and its economy. However, prior to the development the council hopes will begin to take place in autumn 2019, the council is hoping to provide a vibrant and colourful mixture of temporary attractions for both visitors and residents.
And as part of these plans, the council is inviting proposals from experienced food festival operators with both drive and vision, who would be capable of managing and providing a variety of high quality, contemporary street food traders within a specified area of the site, which will transform this part of Exmouth into an energetic and thriving focal point.
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Within the two-acre Queen’s Drive site there will be three separate but interlinked zones, offering complementary and associated uses, which will feature – in addition to the food and drink offer – high quality children’s free play and a flexible open air events space.

Exmouth Fun Park is closed
The attractions would start to be available from March 2018 through to at least September 2018, potentially covering the winter period into 2019 and with a strong possibility of operating through the spring/summer season 2019.
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A new report on the future of the Queen’s Drive went before the council’s cabinet committee on Wednesday detailing what the council plans to do on the site for the next three years and the timeline for the development.
For further information about this ground-breaking opportunity and how to apply, see the food and drink opportunity at Queen’s Drive page on the East Devon website https://eastdevon.gov.uk/regeneration-projects/regeneration-projects-in-exmouth/queens-drive/food-and-drink-opportunity-at-queens-drive/ or contact Lorna Todd on either 01404 41719 or ltodd@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Exmouth Fun Park is closed
Applicants can register their interest on the Supplying the South West website https://procontract.due-north.com/Advert?advertId=de2075ac-0bc6-e711-80e6-005056b64545. All proposals should be uploaded before the deadline of midday on December 15.
Time Line
Exmouth seafront future timeline

November 2017
Grenadier submit planning for watersports centre

December 2017
The council submits planning application for Temporary Uses

Early 2018
Permanent, Visioning Exercise for new designs, uses and delivery mechanism,

Early 2018
Review options for marketing the café site

February 2018
Planning decision on Temporary Uses

March 2018
Planning decision for Grenadier for the watersports centre

March 2018
Start on site with road and car park

Easter 2018
Temporary Uses open to the public

Summer 2018
Post completion of Vision exercise, review delivery strategy

Autumn 2018
Completion of road and car park – open to the public

Autumn 2018
Delivery strategy commences for permanent leisure offer

Winter 2018
Start on site for watersports centre

More detailed proposals for consultation

Completion of Watersports Centre

Source: Devon live