Development work to get underway in Teignmouth

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The coming months will see the first steps taken to implement the Brunswick Street Development and the wider regeneration plan for Teignmouth.

Key elements of the regeneration include:

The building of a new Premier Inn, sale of part of Brunswick Street to the NHS for a new health and well-being centre, refurbishment of the Teignmouth Arts and Community Group (TAAG) at Northumberland Place.

More car parking spaces resulting from the demolition of the Eastcliff Centre, including the public toilets and the move of The River Teign Rowing Club to Gales Hill and a new community facility at Bitton Park in a joint project with Teignmouth Town Council.

The first step will be the temporary closure from 24 January of the TAAG building at Northumberland Place to enable the neighboring derelict buildings to be demolished and a new boundary wall built. The Brunswick Street public toilets will be closed while the work, which is expected to be completed by May, is carried out. TAAG plans to purchase the building to enable it to continue to run the community space and arts hub.

The second stage will be to make a number of changes to Eastcliff Car Park to create greater capacity, including the demolition of the Eastcliff Centre. The aim is to complete this work ahead of the summer season so as to minimise disruption and therefore the building will close on 29 January.

Discussions continue to take place with the Eastcliff Community Interest Company which runs the Music Project over its possible relocation to Lower Bitton Park Road.

A decision is expected next month in relation to a planning application by The River Teign Rowing Club for new accommodation at Gales Hill and the Town Council is taking forward its plans to build new public toilets at Eastcliff.

The planning application for the construction of the proposed Premier Inn is expected to be submitted in the spring.

Portfolio Holder for Corporate Resources, Councillor Alan Connett, said: “These are exciting times for Teignmouth with plans which have been discussed for some time coming to fruition. Inevitably there will be some disruption as a result of demolition and construction work but the aim is to keep it to a minimum and to complete this work ahead of the main holiday period.

“We are sorry that the Music Project and the TAAG group will be affected by the need to meet this timetable but it is important that we move ahead with this important regeneration.”

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