Building will obscure view

PUBLISHED: 16:10 11 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:47 10 June 2010

Those who have examined the plans and elevations in the planning application for the Longboat Cafe will be aware the so-called computer-generated photograph", which appeared in the Journal of October 2, gives a rather misleading picture of the seafront s

Those who have examined the plans and elevations in the planning application for the Longboat Cafe will be aware the so-called "computer-generated photograph", which appeared in the Journal of October 2, gives a rather misleading picture of the seafront should the plans be accepted. The distance from beach to cafe appears to have been grossly exaggerated to give the impression of a spacious walkway, and room to accommodate large tables and substantial chairs, and still leave safe space before the sea wall is reached. What the picture did show, however, was how high above Marine Parade the proposed building will be and how much of the sea view will be obscured from road and pavement.It was equally misleading in the article to refer to the building to be demolished as a store for the cafe. It is primarily a public shelter that has served as a useful haven on showery days for those walking along the front. Its flat roof provides a viewing platform with seating and access for wheelchairs, appreciated by many on fine sunny days. Do those wishing to demolish this building owned by the district council plan to rebuild a similar facility elsewhere on the front? There is no mention of this in their application.The front page of last week's Journal suggested to me that "spin" had arrived in Budleigh.The Revd Canon A Roy Henderson,3 Garden Court, Cricket Field Lane, Budleigh Salterton.

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