Call for fence to protect open space in town

PUBLISHED: 06:30 10 September 2016

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A former Budleigh Salterton mayor has called for a fence to be put up to protect a much-loved green space in the town.

Last month, the Journal reported that vehicles were still parking on The Green, Station Road.

Concerns were raised by town councillor Courtney Richards, who suggested motorists were causing costly damage to the grass.

He urged members of the public to stay vigilant and take a note of the vehicle registration numbers and report them to the town council.

Now, former mayor Councillor Caz Sismore-Hunt has suggested it is time a fence surrounding The Green was seriously considered.

She said: “Years ago, there was a fence around The Green and, if there was one now, this problem wouldn’t be here.

“It’s not a new problem – it’s been going on for years.

“It’s a big piece of grass. I think it’s terribly wrong the way people are parking on The Green.

“People don’t realise what The Green means to the people of Budleigh Salterton.”

However, current mayor Chris Kitson does not think the green space should be fenced off.

He said: “We cannot fence off The Green because the grass needs cutting and it’s an open green space - and we should keep it that way.”

East Devon District Council, which owns the land, is not currently considering fencing off the land.

An EDDC spokesman said: “We would ask the public to report cars that are parked illegally there and then we would investigate.

“Enforcement action can be taken against offenders but, at this stage, we are not considering fencing off the area.

“Anyone with information about regular offenders is asked to contact us at carparks@eastdevon.gov.uk.”

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