Dawlish redevelopment proposals include a casino, a new enclosed pavilion with an arts cafe, a posh restaurant overlooking the railway and modernising the town centre and outlying areas, plus the sale of the town council offices – the Manor House, a 200-year-old Grade II listed building in the Manor Gardens.
Former mayor Cllr Rosalind Prowse told thisissouthdevon: “Dawlish is dying and it needs a huge injection of capital and spirit and a willingness to change with society. Otherwise it will fade into a negative seaside town and just become dormant compared to Exeter, Newton Abbot and Plymouth. Dawlish is better than that.”
She said: “The Manor House is a beautiful building in a beautiful setting but it is not built for the purpose. The problem is it costs £40,000 to £50,000 to just look at it. It was never built to hold meetings or for wheelchair access.”
Work already carried out is a a path alongside the Stream in Brunswick Place costing £45,000. With work just beginning on a new waterfowl enclosure.