A great advert for Budleigh... Not!

PUBLISHED: 07:10 23 May 2014

Archant

There used to be sign on the East Budleigh Road which said 'Welcome to Budleigh'. Now the approach to Budleigh is anything but welcoming.

Incredibly, the contract grass cutters have left irregular ‘islands’ of long grass some two feet high on the open verge area by the 30mph sign. Far from a welcome, the message is that Budleigh must be an unkempt, neglected and probably impoverished place.

All the hard work put in by dedicated volunteers to keep the boat and the flowers in excellent condition is negated, because the grass is so long that the flowers can’t be seen.

And the efforts of the council, the business community, and the festival organisers to present Budleigh as an attractive place to visit are undermined.

Despite the fact that Christine Channon, our county councillor, has allocated money from her dedicated budget to pay for two extra grass cuts per year, it has to be said that the cut area of the verge resembles a hayfield – perhaps all those with pet rabbits or guinea pigs would like to come and help themselves?

Surely those who administer or oversee the grass cutting can insist that the work is carried out properly and on time?

It may be the case that private individuals have planted bulbs in the grass without agreement or permission, but this should not be used as a reason not to cut the grass.

One person’s idea should not be allowed to reflect badly on the whole community.

Margaret S Yerrell

Granary Lane

Budleigh Salterton

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