Fearful for future

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 April 2013

It is heartening to see so many letters objecting to the Premier Inn in the Journal from people who are not members of Friends of Elizabeth Hall.

We are frequently told by residents how much they hate this proposed blot on our landscape, confirming that nothing is easier for those in power than to rob communities of their heritage when residents don’t realize the value of it.

Many who didn’t support us say they now wish they had, however you can still make your views heard in Journal and at friendsofelizabethhall@aol.co.uk

There is no doubt that people feel even more powerless now to stop the district council selling off Exmouth’s major assets, seafront and estuary land.

People again bemoan the fact that Budleigh, Sidmouth and Feniton residents have been successful in stopping the sell-offs for the time being, but Exmouth people feel they have always been walked over by the East Devon District Council.

Residents and visitors ask how town planning has backed such a huge block right on the Esplanade, a similar building line to the bowling building, which is still not finished.

I am at a loss to understand how the EDDC justifies money being spent on cladding the Pavilion in wood, they say to continue the ‘theme’ on the sea front with the bowling building and the lifeboat station.

Do EDDC planners wear blinkers when agreeing to planning permission on Exmouth’s coastline and estuary?

I am very fearful of what is to come but can only hope that should these plans be rejected we may be able to revisit the plans for the original Victorian Exmouth Community, Arts and Visitor Centre, so needed in Exmouth by local people and tourists and charities, for example by Exmouth Light and Heavy Orchestra and the many other groups.

If it goes ahead, it is stated in Whitbead/Premier publicity it will be called The Exmouth Hall, and the The Kitchen, making it sound like Exmouth’s stately home, when actually it is a cheap-to-build, mock Art Deco, 1930s ‘Wedding Cake style’ block.

‘Delusions of Grandeur’ is a phrase that comes to mind both for the hotel and those councillors and officers of the town and EDDC who think the building ‘iconic’.

What is iconic is the huge profits shareholders get from Whitbreads/Premier/Costa etc in this time of austerity, and ultimately it will be Exmouth which foots the bill.

Jilly Green

Littleham ward

Exmouth

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