Council to consult Samaritans over cliff signs

14:05 20 February 2014

Exmouth Town Hall.

Exmouth Town Hall.

Archant

Exmouth Town Council is to take advice on whether signs giving the contact details of the Samaritans should be placed at cliffs in the town.

The idea was brought to the council this week by Councillor Steve Gazzard, who told councillors that several people had over the years used the cliffs to end their lives.

Cllr Gazzard suggested that signs providing contact details for the Samaritans, which offers counselling to people having suicidal thoughts, might help prevent future cases.

Cllr Gazzard said: “My request is quite simple – to ask the National Trust in conjunction with East Devon District Council and Devon County Council to erect information signs to inform people of the contact details of the Samaritans.

“I fully understand there will be a cost implication to this, but if we can save one person’s life the cost will be worth it.”

While the council was united in sympathy for those who have died, several councillors said they were unsure if erecting signs was the right course of action, with some fears raised that such signs might have the wrong effect on the minds of vulnerable people. The council therefore agreed that before it went any further it would consult directly with the Samaritans to find what course of action the charity would recommend.

Councillor Sandy MacQueen said: “I feel inadequate to decide on this. I have heard that where such a sign is put up more cases happen than before.

“I am pleased it has been raised, but I think we need to take advice from people like the Samaritans, who have a lot of experience with this, and see what they think.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

10:21
RNLI deploing the R and J Welburn.

Exmouth RNLI has warned sailors to keep an eye on their property after an untendered dingy put the emergency services on alert.

Read more
10:15

Detectives at Exmouth are keen to trace an iPad and expensive men’s watch stolen when a home in Cranford Avenue was burgled sometime between 7.50pm and 11.05pm on Thursday, August 11.

Read more
06:30
Stegosaurus model on display in the Strand.

Exmouth Town Council has condemned the acts of vandalism against the model dinosaurs installed around the town.

Read more
11:00
Pecorama cheque presentation to Parkinsons UK.

Pecorama near Beer has raised £1,500 for charity, split equally between Parkinson’s UK and the MS Society.

Read more
09:32

Fire crews were called out yesterday evening (Wednesday) to rescue people stuck in a lift in Exmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:22
Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat

Exmouth RNLI has deployed both lifeboats to assist the Coastguard in looking for a possible missing person in the River Exe.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Youngsters' artwork at the Marine Way underpass in Exmouth.

A subterranean section of Exmouth town centre has had a makeover thanks to creative schoolchildren.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
Jessica Lavelle, educational presenter from Zoolab, gave an exotic animal talk to children at Budleigh library. Ref exb 33-16AW 3734. Picture: Alex Walton.

Budleigh Salterton Library was packed with children and parents for a special wildlife workshop.

Read more
Tue, 16:57
Designer Wayne Hemingway.

A top designer has been invited to have his say on the future of Exmouth seafront.

Read more
Tue, 06:30
Dancers from Freestyle Fever joined Tesco staff at the Salterton Road store on Saturday in a Rio Olympics fund raising day for Tesco's chosen charities Diabetes UK and the BHF. Ref exe 33-16SH 5457 Picture: Simon Horn.

Olympic fever hit Exmouth as Tesco superstore hosted a Rio Olympics-inspired fundraiser.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications