Divided over hall

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 April 2013

It is glaringly obvious from the amount of emails and letters, there has been a cross-section of different opinions regarding the long-running episode of Elizabeth Hall that started with a 12,000-signature petition trying to save it for the community

Letters that have shown doubt, and have so far agreed with the EDDC that the old hall is way past its sell-by date, have pointed out it is ‘tired’, ‘shabby’, ‘ugly’, ‘a wasted space’, but have by and large so far been the minority to the Opinion page. There has not been much credence given to the fact that the intention would have been to re-establish the building with an enhanced restoration as a community project.

Not one letter has addressed the fact that the community orchestra has lost a venue for their practice. Please do not tell us a new hotel would provide such accommodation.

And the promise of toilet use for all and sundry will be short-lived.

People have said the bric-a-brac and miscellaneous stalls are junk, but these have drawn tourists each weekend. Charities also have taken advantage of the many visitors. But most importantly, Exmouth has no visible Jurassic centre, or a tourist office on our seafront, all of which would have been incorporated within a enlarged hall and ‘managed’, ‘maintained’ and controlled by voluntary people in our community.

Is this what we should put our minds to, rather than expressing the fact that we are the anti-everything new in Exmouth brigade, who do object to seafront sprawl?

Should our normally trustworthy councillors, who told us they were not going to allow major development on the seafront, be reminded of this promise?

If you have a view, whatever it is, please state it in next week’s Journal.

Alec Huett

(via email)

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