Don't gripe - get involved in town

PUBLISHED: 12:26 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:55 10 June 2010

I am very concerned about the anonymous writer of last week s letter (State of Budleigh is a disgrace) referring to dog mess, attitude of the town council, sea front and our town centre. If she (I presume it is a lady) knows it is mainly men causing the p

I am very concerned about the anonymous writer of last week's letter (State of Budleigh is a disgrace) referring to dog mess, attitude of the town council, sea front and our town centre.If she (I presume it is a lady) knows it is mainly men causing the problem with dog mess, why does she not tell them to clear it up, as she does! End of problem.The question of the vandalism, I agree is mindless. The police, however, do have leads and will pursue the culprits.On the sea front, I do agree that it is time the railings were repaired, and it wouldn't happen in Sidmouth. The beach is certainly not littered, but there is a healthy busy use of the "boat area" where you would expect to find ropes and tarpaulin about.Your writer implies she is not old, therefore why not become a contributing member of society and put up for selection at the next council election. She will then be able to stand up for the folk of B/S, which I must say is a hard task. Then she will have her chance to have a shake-up, and would alter her gripe of the same old "clicky faces". This, of course, will be entirely voluntary, as no expenses are paid to serving town councillors, apart from the Mayor who has a small honorarium to help with his duties as leader.Street lighting appears to be adequate to me and the shops have this past year achieved a lot of outside decorating - you only had to see all the scaffolding in place.What does she mean by a dead town? We have a wonderful selection of individual shops selling high class goods and provisions, and giving a friendly and personal service. I would add that many visitors to our town say how much they appreciate our small shops, as they have lost all theirs due to shoppers who purchase their goods only at superstores.There is so much going on, if you look, in fact you could be busy every evening of the week by joining clubs and committees, and being part of all the social activities.Constructive criticism is great, but you should be prepared to play your part and not expect everything on a plate.Alan Tilbury,Boucher Way,Budleigh Salterton.RESTRICT DOG OWNERSWell done to Councillor Sismore-Hunt for daring to take a stand against dog owners in the area. Anywhere areas that are attractive, such as the path along the River Otter, or most of the footpaths on Woodbury Common, are covered in dog filth. It is not an unusual sight to see dog owners put the mess in a plastic bag and then throw it in the bushes. I met a Clinton Devon Estate worker on the common who was strimming the undergrowth at the side of the pathways. He was covered in dog mess from the bags that were burst by his strimmer. If you suggest to a dog owner that they should pick up after their dog, the reply is usually abusive.It is time that dog owners were restricted in their use of public areas - why should non-dog owners suffer because of their irresponsibility? The strange thing is that every owner you meet always picks up after their dog, so where does it all come from?Please do not publish my name or email address, it will invite a torrent of abusive emails from dog owners. Name and addess withheld.

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