EDDC praised over bus passes

PUBLISHED: 02:01 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:58 10 June 2010

It is not often that I have praised East Devon District Council. I had a tussle with them in the past over another matter. I would, however, like to praise them for the efficient way in which they dealt with the new bus passes. Existing pass-holders did

It is not often that I have praised East Devon District Council. I had a tussle with them in the past over another matter.I would, however, like to praise them for the efficient way in which they dealt with the new bus passes.Existing pass-holders did not have to apply; I received mine on March 27. Pretty good service, council. Wake up the rest of Devon.L A Collins,10 Pound Street, Exmouth.GRATITUDE TO CITIZENS' FORUMMay I, through your paper, express my gratitude to the Exmouth Citizens' Forum for organising such a splendid opportunity for the people of Exmouth to have their say about the proposed Asda development on our estuaryside.It may have been April l, but the meeting at All Saints' Hall was no joke, it was serious stuff. The hall was packed so tightly that people were trying to get in, failing, and giving up and leaving. For me, definitely a sense of deja vue - only, in my case, it was The Pavilion on a freezing January night. Same cause, though. Protect the estuary, make our so-called representatives listen.I think, I hope, that latest meeting was a coming together of people who really care and who are prepared to put their heads above the proverbial parapet. Anybody seen the blue touch-paper?Ann Prior,75 Egremont Road, Exmouth.ERA 'NO' VOTE REPRESENTATIVE?Your article in last week's issue of the Journal headed "First formal 'no' to ASDA store" reported the majority decision of a recent meeting of the Exmouth Residents' Association to oppose the planned location of the ASDA store.While being confident that the members of the ERA are likely to be people who have the best interests of Exmouth at heart, as perceived by them, I did wonder just what weight of public opinion may be represented by this opposition, so enquired of the chairman of the ERA as to the statistics of the vote, which he has kindly given me. They are as follows: The current total membership of the ERA is 32, of whom 21 were present at the meeting in question. There were 12 votes cast against the ASDA proposals.While your report accurately states the outcome of the vote, I do feel that, without the statistics of the vote also being published, such a report can be totally misleading and gives far more weight to the result than can be fairly attributed to it.I wish the ERA well in their endeavours and in their current attempts to recruit more members, so that future decisions taken by them can be seen to be more representative of the views of Exmouth residents as a whole than can be honestly claimed at the present time.Reg Heath,39 Meadow View Road,Exmouth. GREAT SHOW - POOR SUPPORTI would like to give my heartfelt thanks to the Journal and Herald for their fantastic coverage of the recent production of The Dreaming by Centrestage. Your articles and photographic spreads did them proud.Such a pity that, despite all your support, it seems the people of Exmouth have let these incredible young people down. I have been to most of their productions in the past few years since living in this area and this one was exceptional: atmospheric, moody and menacing, funny and tragic by turns, with complex music and harmonies and exciting dance sequences. This was a challenging show to perform, but one which all the members have loved working on, simply because it was so good. I just loved it.There were some concerns that this show was not well known enough to attract enough interest and, sadly, this proved to be the case. However, the music and lyrics were both written by relatively successful new writers - Howard Goodall of the Vicar of Dibley, and Charles Hart of Phantom of the Opera - and this surely should have provided enough interest for lovers of musical theatre. Also, the story of the show was based on A Midsummer Night's Dream, by our most revered English writer. How much better could it have been?Sadly, I fear that, if the company had put on the sugary material that is High School Musical or something similar, more seats would have been sold. When so much is written these days about badly behaved teenagers with nothing to do, it is seriously demoralising for a group of fine young people who work themselves into the ground to put on something of this quality to discover that, apart from their families and a small minority of enlightened people, their town doesn't care.Wake up people of Exmouth and take a chance for a change - and for goodness sake buy tickets for their next show in October! Mrs Catherine Strover,45 Bradham Lane, Exmouth.THANKS FOR HELPING MUMI wish to say thank you to the woman who helped my mother on Friday last when she fell in Exeter Road. She took her home and made her a cup of tea, then made sure she was all right before she left without giving her nameBernice Passant,27 Jarvis Close, Exmouth.CAN WE HAVE BENCHES BACK?The Council has recently done extensive work on the south side of Louisa Terrace, Exmouth. It seems to have done the work extremely well and has apparently completed it. What would be the icing on the cake? If they were to replace the three benches that had to be removed for the work to be done. I know that those benches were highly valued by residents of, and visitors to, Exmouth, providing a welcome respite from an exhilarating walk, and splendid views of the seafront, the beaches, and across to Dawlish Warren, Dawlish, Teignmouth and down towards Torbay. Alan Griffiths, 9 Louisa Terrace, Exmouth.STOP PRESS: Mr Griffiths emailed as we went to press to say the benches were back.TALKS ON BLETCHLEY PARKThank you for your excellent article in last week's Journal on Joan Henderson's well-deserved honour for her work in code breaking in World War Two. The historic buildings at Bletchley Park are in the care of the Bletchley Park Trust, which is dedicated to keeping alive the contribution made by the code breakers to the war effort. I am privileged to be an accredited tour guide at BP and I would be delighted to give talks on the work of the code breakers to local groups in exchange for a donation to the trust to help in the site's preservation.I have supplies of the forms to apply for the BP veterans' award. If there are any of your readers who worked at BP or its outstations who have not received their award, I should be pleased to hear from them so that I can ensure that their service is recognised.Tony Smale,44A Salterton Road, Exmouth.

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