Relief as Exeter City Council takes action on St Thomas arches

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Media Release | 18 October 2016


 Relief as Exeter City Council takes action on St Thomas arches

At the Exeter City Council meeting held on 18 October, Councillors formally approved the £50,000 budget to install fencing the length of the arches. This follows repeated complaints from residents about anti-social behaviour in the area.

Councillor Hannah Packham said “It has been a really difficult and distressing period for residents, with totally unacceptable behaviour taking place directly next to, and occasionally on, their properties. I have been working with ECC, Riverside Leisure Centre, the Neighbourhood Policing team and Network Rail to find a solution.

“Some neighbours were interested in using the space to accommodate community and business opportunities. Unfortunately the cost of waterproofing the arches for business use, which we lease from Network Rail is just too high, so fencing is he most viable option.

“I am pleased that ECC has agreed the £50,000 funding which will hopefully make such a difference to residents’ quality of life.”


Cllr Hannah Packham with Network Rail at St Thomas Railway Arches


Notes for Editors

[01] ECC Executive meeting held on 12 September 2016 noted the delegated decision taken by Assistant Director Environment in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Place to approve emergency capital funding of £50,000 from the 2016/17 General Capital Fund for improvements to the Railway Arches at Riverside, Cowick Street; these improvements to prevent unauthorised access to the under-space of the arches and the south access strip of land between the arches and the rear gardens of Beaufort Road.