Exeter Harbour – A new outlook for Exeter Canal Basin


A new plan and a fresh vision for the Exeter Canal Basin is published today, the aim is to bring back the interest and vibrancy of maritime activity to Exeter and give the Canal Basin economic and visitor focus as a busy harbourside for the city.

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John Monks, president of the Friends of Exeter Ship Canal said “Following our publication of Making the Canal Matter Again to Exeter in November 2020 we are now pleased to present our vision for the future of the Exeter Canal Basin. The Canal Basin Masterplan approved by Exeter City Council in 2004 is now outdated and our new plan is intended to transform the Canal Basin through promoting a long term strategy for sustainable maritime activity.

“Today it is widely appreciated that waterway regeneration represents good value for the investments put into it. It can expand an area’s overall economy, increase vitality of communities, help to meet crucial environmental challenges and draw more visitors through the diversity of its activities.

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“The Friends vision for Exeter Harbour incorporates this fresh approach”.

The Friends of Exeter Ship Canal are a voluntary group dedicated to preserving and bringing new life to the heritage of the canal as an integral part of the city’s life and economy and for the enjoyment of everyone today and in the future.

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