Festival: thanks for your help

PUBLISHED: 02:01 12 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:08 10 June 2010

I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make this year's Exmouth Festival such a success. We took on a big challenge to extend the festival to nine days and a number of new initiatives were added. The children's

I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make this year's Exmouth Festival such a success. We took on a big challenge to extend the festival to nine days and a number of new initiatives were added. The children's festival, the first-ever event in Brixington, the midweek themed nights at the Blackmore Theatre and the final concert (a joint project with the Rotary Club which did a superb job) on the Imperial Recreation ground were just some of the ambitious projects we were able to establish this year.The performers, artists and exhibitors made the town buzz with vibrancy, music and colour - and the positive feedback from both local people and visitors has shown the festival to be a real credit to the town. The number of volunteers who pulled together was truly fantastic and very much needed as all the events have to be planned, set up, staffed and then packed up. Without people donating their time, there would be no Exmouth Festival so well done and a massive thank you for all your effort.Cllr Darryl Nicholas,Chairman, Exmouth Festival.WE'RE BLESSED WITH OPEN SPACESREGARDING the proposal to change the fountains/garden at the top of Chapel Hill, Exmouth, into an open-paved area.I have read a number of letters of objection to the above plan over the past two weeks and would like to add my objection to the proposal.I have been a resident of Exmouth for over 34 years and, like many residents, have grown to like the town. Over the years, I have followed the efforts by the town council to improve the town and its efforts to become an established tourist attraction and, when I have had personal doubts about a particular project, I have assumed (wrongly or rightly) that our councillors have acted for the majority of people they represent. However, to build yet another open-paved space and dispose of the fountain feature will be, in my opinion, and many I have spoken with, unsightly, unattractive and a waste of rate-payers' money.Exmouth is blessed with a number of very attractive open spaces within the town area - the Strand Gardens, the Manor Gardens, an area off the Strand Gardens and the Magnolia Centre - spaces for residents and visitors to enjoy.I further believe that the proposal to open up the area at the top of Chapel Hill would have a detrimental effect on the business of the area.Furthermore, Bentley's Garage at the top of High Street is still able to offer an attendant service from their pumps which would be lost to the many senior citizens who, at present, need and enjoy this valuable service.Please, no more open spaces in Exmouth town centre; they are not necessary for the future well-being of the town.A concerned local resident,(Name and address supplied).DISAPPOINTED CAFƒ WAS CLOSEDHaving spent two very nice weeks in Budleigh Salterton in May, we were disappointed that the Longboat Cafe was closed on two glorious days. We believe the owner has plans for a larger restaurant. This would not be popular if people found it closed when they expected it would be open.Mrs Sue Kelly,River Cottage, Gilders Lane, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey.POST OFFICE IS A VITAL LIFELINEI can understand that the Government needs to save money when and how it can, but it really needs to take into account all the factors involved. The existence of the St Andrews Road Post Office, Exmouth, is as relevant now as it was when it was first opened and provides a vital service for a great many people. I live at St Andrew's House which is a sheltered housing project for people with mental health difficulties. Personally, I suffer from agoraphobia and, if I had to go to the main post office each week to collect my Incapacity Benefit, I would have to arrange for an escort to accompany me. The queues at the Magnolia Centre Post Office are already bad enough and the more people who have to go there the worse they will become. Also, under such circumstances, people would tend to do all their shopping in the precinct. It is only a small step from the closure of local post offices to the closing of local corner shops. This is a trend that runs completely counter to what we should be doing. The ideal, for the sake of the planet and its inhabitants, is for people to live in small local communities, consuming locally grown produce. The survival of the Earth depends on 10 inches of topsoil, but the powers that be are covering this with concrete as fast as they can in the name of 'progress'. The expansion of centralisation actually spells disaster for us and our beautiful home.David Stoy,St Andrews House, St Andrews Road, Exmouth.

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