Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Battered Sidmouth is ‘open for business’

16:04 06 March 2014

Ian Thomas and Sheila Kerridge

Ian Thomas and Sheila Kerridge

Archant

Sidmouth is open for business despite the resort being battered by recent storms that have hit national headlines.

That was the message from members of East Devon District Council (EDDC) last night (Wednesday), meeting at Knowle.

EDDC’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Ian Thomas, spoke passionately about the need to remind potential visitors in the UK and further afield that the area is ready now to welcome visitors and our tourism businesses are looking forward to a busy Easter.

The first major holiday weekend of the year falls later than normal this year – on April 18 – and this will give business and local councils plenty of time to clear up the last vestiges of the mess left behind by the stormy seas and gale force winds.

Ian Thomas said: “TV pictures of waves battering our coast, and railway lines damaged make good Press, but people might get the impression that there’s no point coming to East Devon – maybe the journey will be impossible, or just too much effort.

“Nothing could be further from the truth.

“Local businesses from Exmouth in the West to Uplyme in the East, Budleigh, Sidmouth, Seaton and our inland towns, are open and ready to serve.

He said volunteers and East Devon staff are hard at work repairing damaged seafronts.

“East Devon is a year-round tourist haven, with plenty to do in all weathers and loads of visitor attractions. We have some ‘crackin’ eateries and award winning accommodation for all choices and budgets - caravan parks, farm cottages, bed and breakfasts and first-class hotels.”

Sidmouth Councillor and EDDC’s Tourism Champion Sheila Kerridge, said: “People see pictures of storm damage on their TV screens and assume ithere’s no point coming to Devon.

“What they need to know is that we are a resourceful and resilient lot down here.

“Seaside businesses took a hit during February with a drop in bookings and in a lot of cases actual damage to accommodation, which limited their capacity. But the recovery is now mostly complete and businesses are looking ahead with optimism.

Bookings are already picking up again for Easter and into the summer but there are still vacancies for the next few weeks.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 18:30
Exmouth Repair Cafe

The Exmouth Repair Café is back again.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00
Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir

Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir will be performing at All Saints church hall, in All Saints Road, Sidmouth, on Saturday, June 18.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:23
Vicki Campbell

Tickets are on sale for the Lions Club of Sidmouth’s 40th Anniversary Celebration Concert on Saturday, May 14, at 8pm in Manor Pavilion Theatre.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:03
East Devon Dance Academy present Multiplicity 2016. Ref shs 18-16AW 5846. Picture: Alex Walton

East Devon Dance Academy in action at Manor Pavilion

Read more
Wed, 19:26

Police have reminded people in Sidmouth not to give out personal information online after residents were targeted in a spate of fraudulent emails.

Read more
Wed, 16:30

Delays in answering a 999 call have been branded ‘unacceptable’ by a town councillor.

Read more
Wed, 09:25
Stella warns other of the dangers of ticks.

A Sidbury woman, who has been left living in pain for the last 17 years after catching a disease from a tick bite, is working to prevent others from suffering the same fate.

Read more
Wed, 08:58
Laurie Willis let children have a hands on look at his Lightning McQueen car at Stowford Community Centre which he designed in memory of his son who died of sepsis. Ref shs 17-16AW 4856. Picture: Alex Walton

Lightning McQueen came to Sidmouth as part of a dad’s bid to raise awareness of the condition that suddenly killed his son.

Read more
Tue, 19:54
Matt Booth

Landlords in Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary, with vacant family-sized properties, are being urged to come forward to help house Syrian refugees.

Read more
Tue, 16:48
June Woodward was presented with Ottery's Citizen of the Year award by mayor Glyn Dobson

‘She has spent her life serving her community’

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications