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Royal Clarence Hotel site

We the undersigned petition the council to reject any proposed change of use of the Royal Clarence Hotel site which would close a major part of the site to public access, particularly the division into separately owned private apartments, and consider its use as a shared public space for residents, workers, students and visitors either as a heritage centre, a covered pannier/farmers' market or both.

The Clarence was a listed building in an iconic setting, the nation's earliest designated hotel and also the earliest purpose-built English provincial bank. It has been a public space for more than two centuries and is located in the central shopping area in a pedestrianised zone, inappropriate for extensive residential development with requirements for car owners in the city centre. Selling individual apartments would fragment the site and make any future redevelopment of this important location extremely difficult. An Exeter heritage centre would bring together all sections of the community to celebrate and promote Exeter and its region by providing exhibition, meeting, performance, study and refreshment spaces through galleries, lecture theatres, study rooms, a public local studies reference library drawn from the Westcountry Studies Library (the nation's largest collection of documents on the region), a tourist information centre, an independent local interest bookshop and a coffee house. There could also be office space for local heritage organisations, and possibly even some basic accommodation for visiting researchers. Such a proposal would bring together organisations in all sectors, local authorities, educational and research institutions, environmental, economic, literary and cultural bodies, community groups, the voluntary sector and charities, all of whose work could be recorded, celebrated and promoted in such a centre, which would certainly attract lottery and other funding.

This ePetition ran from 11/03/2022 to 22/04/2022 and has now finished.

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