07:00 16 February 2013
I was struck with both amazement and considerable disbelief on reading in the Journal, January 31 that the Premier Inn would be open before Christmas.
Amazement that it could blight the seafront in such quick time, and disbelief that respondents to a consultation were largely in favour of this particular construction.
I am a resident of Exmouth and have yet to meet anyone who has voiced the opinion that a Premier Inn anywhere, and in that location especially, would benefit the town.
The Friends of Elizabeth Hall surely received a great deal of support which has, it would seem, been ignored. I have spoken to the owner of a local bed and breakfast, who says that she and other guest houses are already short of business and that this hotel may well finish them.
So would come to an end a seaside tradition of bed and breakfast, with its homely atmosphere, catering to Exmouth visitors.
It may well be the case that the builders brought in to build the inn will need to be accommodated in bed and breakfast; this would add insult to injury.
Although hearsay, I have been informed by a number of residents that Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall showed interest in Elizabeth Hall, with a view to opening a restaurant, but found no support.
That would certainly have brought Exmouth on to the map, but it may just have been some wishful thinking?
So, we go headlong into destroying the ambience of Exmouth, removing beautiful buildings and it would seem, trying to create a miniature Torquay or Blackpool?
Visitors do not come here for candy floss and bingo but to find peace and quiet alongside this beautiful estuary.