Blots on our landscapes
May I support Mr Taylor (Exmouth Journal, August 26) in his efforts to protect our wonderful seascapes and estuary views. I, too, rage against the blots on our landscape: The seven-storey “barrack block” at the docks, blocking views from so many vantage points in town; the lost panorama of the estuary across to Dawlish Warren and beyond.
We in Exmouth Citizens’ Forum have been actively campaigning for the protection and preservation of our estuary site views and seascapes for more than six years (Save Our Shoreline campaign).
Both political parties represented at East Devon District Council and Exmouth Town Council carried out surveys in Exmouth and both received results showing overwhelmingly that Exmouth did not want the estuary site built on and obscured forever by any more buildings.
These results were then studiously ignored by our councillors. EDDC carried out “consultations” and again ignored the results.
Exmouth Citizens’ Forum undertook collecting petition signatures, which were presented to Parliament by our MP Hugo Swire and still EDDC ignored the people’s wishes and pressed on trying to sell off our public open spaces.
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Exmouth Citizens’ Forum then organised a referendum under the Local Government Act (opposed by our town clerk and EDDC).
The results again showed overwhelming opposition to any further building on the estuary site.
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The Community Organisations Liason Panel (a panel set up by Exmouth Town Council to, belatedly, hear the concerns of community organisations) have put forward principles and an action plan to protect both seascapes and estuary views. These principles have been accepted by Exmouth Town Council. We shall shortly be able to test their sincerity.
Meanwhile, Exmouth Citizens’ Forum continues to campaign for the majority views of the citizens of our lovely town to be heeded.
Exmouth Citizens’ Forum.