RECENTLY, Roy Pryke (Chairman, Exmouth Community Association) and I advocated pedestrianising of the lower portion of Rolle Street (Powder Monkey to bottom of High Street) as part of The Strand developments.
RECENTLY, Roy Pryke (Chairman, Exmouth Community Association) and I advocated pedestrianising of the lower portion of Rolle Street (Powder Monkey to bottom of High Street) as part of The Strand developments. Last week, Tony Wiseman responded, suggesting that cars should be given priority, with Rolle Street forming a main route to the proposed multi-storey car park on the London Inn site. He concludes with what appears to be an intolerant snipe at cyclists.His is an alternative view. We seek a quiet tranquil, pollution-free town centre where the only vehicles using Rolle Street in the daytime are the occasional buses. Tony wishes to travel in his car by the most direct route, regardless of the impact on the local environment. Tony obviously feels so vehemently about this that he has not read our proposals which, as stated in our letter, are freely available on the web: www.exmouthplan/strand. We did not advocate the route that he suggests in order to bypass the town centre. As one who is currently enjoying a short break in Bournemouth, where one of the major attractions is the traffic-free town centre, I find it difficult to understand why one would wish to visit a town simply because of the ease with which one can park one's car. Nor do I wish to thread my way through streams of traffic when moving between The Magnolia Centre and The Strand. The question still remains, does Tony reflect public opinion with his vision of a traffic-dominated town centre or are Roy and I offering a more attractive proposition which most people would prefer.Now it's back to enjoying my remaining time in Bournemouth!Geoff Morris,Chairman, Exmouth Residents' Association