East Devon residents to have say on future of Jurassic Coast

PUBLISHED: 11:16 17 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:16 17 March 2016

Sidmouth view from Peak Hill. Picture: Alex Walton. Ref sidmouth view

Sidmouth view from Peak Hill. Picture: Alex Walton. Ref sidmouth view


Budget pressures force re-think on management of World Heritage Site

People in East Devon are being asked for their views to influence the future of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

The spectacular coastline stretching across Exmouth, Sidmouth and Seaton is currently looked after and funded by a partnership of Devon County Council (DCC), Dorset County Council, and the Jurassic Coast Trust charity.

But pressure on local authority budgets is forcing a rethink on the management of the World Heritage Site and there could be a move towards greater community involvement.

Before any final decisions are made, residents are being asked to comment on the options available.

DDC cabinet members for environment councillor Roger Croad said: “As a World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast is an important asset for East Devon, and Devon as a whole, so its future requires delicate consideration.

“We need communities to be part of this process which is why we’re asking for their views. I hope people take this opportunity to have their say and let us know how they’d like to see this beautiful stretch of coastline managed in future.”

The closing date for the consultation is April 28. Read more about the options and have your say by completing the online survey on: http://jurassiccoast.org/consultation.

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