Debate’ was a bit limited

RE: The Longboat Caf� application. Whilst I do agree that the reference to Councillor Franklin s ill-health was inexcusable and completely out of order, this was not relevant to the debate over the future of the Longboat Caf� or, should I say, lack of same.

RE: The Longboat Caf� application.

Whilst I do agree that the reference to Councillor Franklin's ill-health was inexcusable and completely out of order, this was not relevant to the 'debate' over the future of the Longboat Caf� or, should I say, lack of same.

It was clear from the start of the meeting that, even if the outcome was not a "done deal", East Devon District Council had already decided to pass the application; borne out by the fact that all the speakers in favour of the proposed development were given time and consideration, while the views of those against were virtually ignored and represented in a biased manner - as not wishing for any change.

Whilst most had no objection to the caf� business expanding, as long as the present and historic Longboat house was retained and incorporated within the new proposals, the scale and design of which should be in sympathy with the surroundings.


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I am afraid that the conclusion I draw from your reporter's observations was that the newspaper is as prejudiced as the East Devon District Council, in favour of the proposed new development.

It was noted that the chairman calls for "democracy" to be practised in future council meetings.

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Does he then call this a democratic decision, when the vast majority of Budleigh Salterton residents are against the new proposal?

Rosemary Anne Clarke

Seathrift, 47a High Street, Budleigh Salterton.

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