Port Royal: Cabinet supports marketing of Sidmouth’s Drill Hall

PUBLISHED: 07:07 09 February 2018


Council bosses have signed off recommendations to market the Drill Hall, and its future could be as a restaurant or bar.

A scoping study for Port Royal previously envisioned a five-storey block with up to 30 flats but East Devon District Council (EDDC) is no longer seeking a comprehensive mixed-use development of the site.

The Drill Hall will be marketed for six months – so commercial and community bids can be put forward – but not before March 1.

Sidmouth Town Council is calling on EDDC to refurbish the sailing club, lifeboat station and seafront toilets when the Drill Hall’s future is decided. (See page 10). The town council will focus its attention on the fishermen’s shed and the Ham.

EDDC deputy chief executive Richard Cohen said the clarity enables conversations to start about the longer term security of the lifeboat station and sailing club.

The recommendations were approved by cabinet on Wednesday but have yet to be signed off by EDDC’s full council.

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