Exmouth Open for Business Despite Heavy Snowfall

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By ALGrace | Monday, December 20, 2010, 12:14

It was predicted by the Met Office but this morning's generous helping of snow still caught many by surprise and Devon Police are advising exercising extreme caution on roads and pavements. Exmouth Town Centre shops remain open for business, though.

Town Clerk, John Wokersien, describes the atmosphere as refreshingly upbeat. "There is a lovely feeling in the town with people actually smiling and saying hello to each other, and enjoying the spirit of adventure! Only 4x4s are making it in, though, and anyone in an ordinary car just looks silly!"

While the town's police station is closed due to staff not being able to get to work, half of Boots' workforce turned up to make sure these last few shopping days before Christmas weren't affected.

A spokesperson for Boots said: "The pavements outside the shops in the Magnolia Centre have all been cleared of snow now - it's just the section in the middle that is slippy. People are walking about and are just being careful. In terms of getting in to Exmouth, a snowplough cleared the way on Exeter Road earlier this morning."

Devon Police remind pedestrians that the more people walk on the snow, on pavements, the more it compacts and becomes treacherous, and so the advice is to stay at home.

If you have any comments on roads and pavements in and around Exmouth, please post them on the site because local people are checking for updates on conditions.



  • Profile image for TheGreenMan

    I've just been into the centre of town and found it OK, provided you're in sensible footwear, such as wellington boots. The main roads have been gritted and cleared, but Albion Hill has not been cleared, and cannot be recommended for cars. Some people will even trying to sledge down it!
    There has been a slight thaw this afternoon, but if the wet slush freezes this evening, it will be extremely treacherous in the town centre.
    The Post Office closed at 1.30pm, some charity shops were shutting at 2pm, but most shops were staying open.
    Unless you're in a 4x4, it is not sensible to try and get in or out of the town. I spoke to a friend who took someone into Exeter this morning to catch a coach. He said that he had seen at least six cars on the road to Exeter that had broken down or been involved in accidents. The advice is stay at home, if you can.

    By TheGreenMan at 14:46 on 20/12/10

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    Does anyone know if the late-night shopping will still be going ahead tonight? It's meant to be on all week but I'm not going to bother coming in to town if most of the shops will be under-staffed and closing early?

    By CoastalMummy at 14:39 on 20/12/10

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    I went in to town and found the pavements to be okay in the middle of the town centre. I would advise against taking a car in, though. There are just some areas that are slippy and as it gets a bit dark, will go icy I am sure. Town is quite quiet but that makes the Christmas shopping easier!

    By Rockwell1 at 14:15 on 20/12/10

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