Look elsewhere

10:56 20 February 2012

I attended a meeting at the Bidemead Centre, Littleham. A lot of people and several councillors were present. The bitching and backbiting comments between them was appalling - they are supposed to represent their constituents!

If you look at Section 14 of East Devon District Council’s proposals for 2006/2026, Littleham is not mentioned in the development of villages/rural areas. At the meeting, it sounded like councillors were only interested in what CDE was giving.

They did not appear interested in what locals had to say; once they have 350 houses, this opens it up for more in the future.

I know we need more housing, especially for locals, but it is not local people who get the housing.

I understand the Maer Valley sewerage works often floods - hazardous for housing?

Environment: a huge population of wildlife lives in this valley - habitats will be gone. CDE says building houses on prime farmland will “improve productivity and minimise environmental import” – how?

Littleham has three areas housing the elderly and disabled - not including Davey Court - where CDE proposes to have an access. The other is at Pankhurst Close, on the extremely busy Littleham Road - this road is horrendous during March to November when Sandy Bay is open and, in winter, with heavy lorries changing over caravans and taking equipment etc to further improve the site.

School children from Littleham nursery, infant and primary school use this road. A lot of accidents have occurred - one man killed and a young child critically injured. The former infants’ school in Elm Lane now has houses there; what next - the school playing field?

The Green, Midway, The Crescent and Broadway will become rat runs with traffic avoiding Littleham Cross. CDE says it will improve access at Littleham Cross. How? It is already a built-up area with traffic lights and retirement apartments.

Jarvis Close and Bidemead Close have problems with youngsters congregating by Donkey Hill. This will only get worse - CDE needs to think of the elderly residents living here.

CDE says it will build more industrial units – why? There are already empty units at the Pankhurst and Liverton sites and plenty of empty shops in the town.

Exmouth is mainly a retirement town. How many of these houses would become second homes? This doe not help the housing situation.

Plumb Park is on the wrong side of Exmouth for commuting. Housing closer to the main Exeter Road, which gives better access, would be more beneficial for travelling. CDE needs to look elsewhere to build houses. Don’t complain once they are built - act now.

Pat Marish

via email.

2 comments

  • Good news that the Lympstone development has been rejected. This was for far fewer houses than the Maer valley development. So in addition to all our other objections the planning official has stated that school places are not available. Now is the time to finally reject this flawed development

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    captaineric

    Monday, February 20, 2012

  • Littleham school playing field, what a place to build a community sports facility, unused for 9 months of the year, and thats only the top flat part. How many green spaces for sport and leisure in Littleham are there? Are the majority of them labelled " No Ball Games" EDDC. Look beyond the ned of your nose and realise that Plumb Park could and would have some major benefitsv for the community.

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    Gaffer

    Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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