Appalled at the changes

PUBLISHED: 10:37 14 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:17 10 June 2010

With my family, I enjoyed many happy holidays in the Exmouth area in the 1960s and 1970s. We stayed in a variety of hotels, sometimes taking fellow residents to the station at the end of their vacation. For us, with children, Exmouth seemed the perfect h

With my family, I enjoyed many happy holidays in the Exmouth area in the 1960s and 1970s. We stayed in a variety of hotels, sometimes taking fellow residents to the station at the end of their vacation.For us, with children, Exmouth seemed the perfect holiday spot, with wonderful sands, interesting harbour, good facilities for younger family members and a brilliant sailing club at Shelley Beach.Sometime later we heard of proposals to upgrade the harbour to a marina, with supporting residential accommodation, and to also reorganise the local road and rail network.Later, visiting Exmouth again, after the implementation of these policies, I confess to being appalled at seeing the station building, replacing the fine Southern Railway one.As a chartered architect, I was also horrified to see the new marina residential complex in bright garish colours, more akin to a Disneyland development.My wife and I are very sad that a town for which we had such a regard has been treated so shamefully by those in authority, who have exhibited little imagination and sensitivity.Now, when visiting Devon, we stay in Sidmouth - a town which has retained its old world charm and character, which, of course, attracts the visitors.John Cooper,2 Opal Way, Wokingham, Berks.

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