Do they care?

PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 February 2013

Reading the report in the Journal (January 3) Councillor Steve Gazzard is ripping into the owner of the Ship Inn concerning the display of a few bright, professionally-painted signs placed outside his pub, claiming them to be a distraction to the motorist.

I am astonished that a councillor finds the time to get uptight about such trivial matters.

One must compliment Mr Dyer, and his daughter Tammy; they have thrown their heart, soul, and enthusiasm, and wealth of experience into turning this barren street into an asset for Exmouth town when many people of Mr Dyer’s age are mothballing themselves for retirement.

I drive past Mr Dyer’s pub daily. Indeed, as one drives up High Street one is looking straight ahead, or watching that no one steps out from the numerous parked plumbing vans that are frequently scattered around, one is therefore not looking side to side.

I also note that there is a huge sign dumped opposite the marine camp, so large it is on a trailer, and also another at the Saddlers pub, both placed so that the passing motorist can’t help but notice them. This is the main artery road into Exmouth subject to hundreds of vehicles per day, but has Councillor Gazzard mentioned these, not signs that are tucked up a little side street in Exmouth. I, as a huge taxpayer, ask Councillor Gazzard why he is not only wasting his time, but also tax payers’ money.

Should he not be spending his time urging Devon Highways to investigate the huge cracks that have appeared around the manhole covers at the junction of Market Street, and Rolle Street - obviously subsidence of the sewers is already commencing in this £3million so-called Exmouth enhancement programme. Why is he not getting hot under the collar about the deplorable footpath slabs protruding upwards around the shopping area of Exmouth? Many slabs when trodden on wobble as if an earthquake is happening underfoot.

Why not get some of these property landlords together and ask them why their high rents are contributing towards Exmouth as a thriving shopping centre being killed off. Church Street is a good example.

Thank God that this other ill-conceived idea of a council-erected proposed monstrosity of a café in the Strand gardens has been shelved - what a white elephant that would have been, again at the tax payers’ expense. Do these councillors really care about the town?

Roy Penberthy

Langstone Drive

Exmouth

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