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Strand questions

13:29 24 February 2012

In reply to Mr Hinds’ comments in the Journal, where he states he has no idea whether or not if he is a “minority supporter” of all that has taken place surrounding The Strand fiasco or not.

How unfortunate these comments were printed in the same week that county bosses were forced into a humiliating and unprecedented U-turn, following public pressure not to spend £400,000 of taxpayers’ money on a building that they foolishly believed would fund the upkeep of this madcap adventure.

This also leads me to point out previous comments from Mr Hinds about the “most in depth, comprehensive and wide-ranging consultation that there has ever been” regarding The Strand.

Perhaps those of us who poured scorn on this process and were branded “whingers” are now entitled to have explained exactly how and why this so-called “comprehensive consultation” has been proven to have got it so totally and utterly wrong.

If the consultation process had been in anyway interested in what the people of Exmouth really wanted, the £3 million wasted on The Strand would have gone, instead, towards fighting tooth and nail to retain the Rolle teacher training campus and all of the hundreds of thousands of pounds that it brought into this town on a yearly basis.

Or, at very least, it could have gone towards securing the Rolle campus buildings for the future prosperity of the town, a task that is currently and magnificently trying to be achieved by Roger Stalker and the REL team - a task only matched in its magnificence by the utterly pathetic efforts of the then county bosses and town councillors

Then we are asked by the correspondent for others to come up with “creative ideas for paying the maintenance of The Strand”. Surely, for even the strongest supporters of this project, such a question should have been asked, and resolved beyond any doubt, long before embarking on such a costly escapade.

We are then offered a smokescreen by way of a previous unnamed letter that refers to “play ground politics”. The only playground antics that have happened here is the bullying of Exmothians into something the vast majority of us never wanted but, as with most bullies, once they are told “enough is enough” and are stood up to, they tend to go running home with their tail between their legs.

D Lawash

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