Closing drive beggars belief

PUBLISHED: 02:01 30 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 June 2010

As those that know me realise, it is very rarely I am stunned into silence , but your article Drive to be shut? in last week's Journal left me speechless. I am often critical of those people who control our lives, whether they be the forces of Law an

As those that know me realise, it is very rarely I am "stunned into silence", but your article "Drive to be shut?" in last week's Journal left me speechless. I am often critical of those people who control our lives, whether they be the forces of "Law and Disorder" or those faceless politicos, elected into power with a mandate, which is quickly ignored.That anyone can even be seriously considering closing the end of Queen's Drive beggars belief and the fact that the reason is cited as "safety and disorder" brings into question those making such decisions. I have been a resident of Lympstone, Exmouth and Budleigh over the years, a keen cyclist, motorcyclist and car user who has on many occasions driven down to Orcombe Point, whether for an ice cream or a cruise on car or bike, it matters not. The fact is that, apart from the odd car with a boom box or motorbike with a loud exhaust, I have never witnessed anything more than "high jinx" or a "bit of showing off". Neither of of these would I condone, but neither should be used as an excuse to ban the massive innocent majority from the pleasure of using this stretch of road!How on earth the members of the shadowy sounding "DRAG" (how the powers that control love acronyms!) can justify such a move defies me. We seem to have an abundance of police officers, paid for by our taxes, so would it not seem right and proper to use the laws already in place to deal with any illegal behaviour, rather than punish the innocent whose sole crime is to want to admire the view or purchase one of Leslie's bacon rolls and a mug of tea?How can anyone give credence to such a "knee jerk" reaction as this, to control what is a relatively minor problem, in the grand scheme of things, I do not know. But I fully agree with Maurice Southwell's excellent letter and his comments from last week's Journal and hope that common sense prevails in this matter.Ian Woolger, 16 Otter Court,Budleigh Salterton

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