Sidmouth Town Council has taken over the management and conservation of the Knowle Parkland and plans to work to boost biodiversity, as well as adding paths and trails for visitors to enjoy. There are also plans to increase the parking available in the lower car park on the site.
Chair of Sidmouth Town Council, Councillor Chris Lockyer said “Sidmouth Town Council is delighted the transfer of the Knowle Parkland is finally complete. The town council will do all it can to manage and enhance the parkland for the enjoyment of all parts of our community.”
Cllr Paul Hayward, EDDC’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Finance and Assets, said “Between February 2019 and December 2023, Devon County Council undertook an innovative project that, in the event of extreme rainfall, will temporarily store water in an underground storage tank. This scheme reduces the risk of flooding to over 100 Sidmouth homes, helping both to minimise residents’ and businesses’ vulnerability to extreme weather and improves resilience to climate change. The landscaped amphitheatre that was constructed over the tank can be used for public performances including theatre and music events. This is a great asset now for the town and we wish the Town council and the local community the very best in further enhancing this parkland.”