Protest march against sale of Exmouth's Elizabeth Hall
By ExmouthPeople | Thursday, May 24, 2012, 19:21
A MARCH through Exmouth, protesting against the sale of the Elizabeth Hall, is planned for this Monday (28 May). News of the march comes as the protest campaigners announced that more than 7,000 people have now signed the petition to stop the sale of the Victorian seafront community building by East Devon District Council...
Support is growing for Exmouth's Elizabeth Hall. More than 7,000 people have now signed the petition to stop EDDC selling the seafront community building
The protest march, organized by the Friends of the Elizabeth Hall group, starts at the seafront building at 6pm on Monday 28 March, and will slowly walk through Exmouth to the Town Hall, arriving there between 6.30pm and 6.45pm. It will be musical, possibly with a piper leading the way.
"The march is so that we can lobby Councillors as they go out of a planning meeting and in to a Council Meeting at 7pm," says Jilly Green for Friends of the Elizabeth Hall. ""We really want to let the councillors know that we want the sale stopped."
The group is hoping that "hundreds" of people will join the march, which it says will be stewarded and has been cleared with the police.
Friends of the Elizabeth Hall are currently trying to put together a bid for the hall. It's understood that a £250,000 interest-free loan may be available to the group, and there are hopes that the town council can match the funding. The group is also hoping to hold a public meeting about the hall in June.
For more details about Monday's march, contact Mike Green on 01395 227747.
Down the pan
Meanwhile concerns have been raised that the sale of the Elizabeth Hall site would leave just two sets of public toilets along Exmouth's two-mile seafront. EDDC has confirmed that the sale would include the adjoining car park and public toilets, and says that the "toilets may well be demolished".
Town Councillor Steve Gazzard has voiced his anger in the local press, saying that losing the public toilets would be "disastrous" and "totally unacceptable for a tourist town". EDDC says that if the toilets are demolished, it will reinstate year-round opening of the public conveniences adjacent to the new bowling alley.
How the Elizabeth Hall saga has progressed: