Councils have scored own goal

PUBLISHED: 13:25 18 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:12 10 June 2010

As the structural shell of the new bowling alley (old swimming pool site) on the seafront takes shape, it is now apparent that the town council and East Devon District Council have scored a spectacular own goal!

As the structural shell of the new bowling alley (old swimming pool site) on the seafront takes shape, it is now apparent that the town council and East Devon District Council have scored a spectacular own goal! The beautiful council-owned terraced gardens, to the rear of this development, feature specimen plants and trees and afford wonderful views across the bay, particularly at sunset. This public amenity will now be lost as the new building completely obliterates this vista.

Surely the councils should have exercised a greater duty of care when evaluating this building proposal, which appears to be disproportionately large relative to the site area and surroundings. A single-storey building would have avoided the forgoing problems.

Perhaps it is best that the Rolle covenants remain in place to curtail further abominations being promoted and approved by our elected masters. Those advocating the ASDA development would do well to consider the foregoing.

David Samuel

Flat 2 Magnolia Court,

Portland Avenue,

Exmouth.


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