Festive wish list

PUBLISHED: 07:10 29 November 2013

Archant

you asked for opinions, so here goes. Hey ho - what do we want for Christmas?

Well, a council that provides some of the things that Exmouth taxpayers want would be nice.

Oh for a bus shelter on both sides of The Strand (Rolle Street); get rid of the black scaffolding monstrosity outside the cinema, which has only one windbreak and that’s on the wrong end!

Put an Adsell shelter on both sides of the road at the widest part, thus providing shelter (windbreak at both ends and no gaps) for bus users and alleviate the unnecessary congestion at the bottom of Rolle Street outside Bargain Booze.

Are you still listening, Santa? I know New Year is after your big day, but Exmouth was voted the third best place to see the New Year in after London and Edinburgh, all due to the festivities on our renowned seafront; but, guess what? – our council, in their misguided enthusiasm for a quieter life, have managed to find an excuse for not spending the money on fireworks on the seafront (blaming the inability of the police to keep law and order as they have always done in such a superb, low-key manor), but have suggested a few sparklers in The Strand, among the tree and shop windows – the mind boggles.

Please, Santa, stop the council trying to drive people away from this lovely resort; it’s already happening with water users, with Mamhaead slipway closed indefinitely and very restricted trailer parking.

Thank goodness there are still lots of campervans enjoying the seafront out of season. Pity there is no mobile tea and toasted teacakes van at Orcombe Point (and concrete blocks to sit on), but tea is still available at the Railway carriage café, until it, too, is booted out for being too popular.

Luckily, the over 50s (GO Keep Fit) keep fit on Thursday mornings has been reinstated due to persuasive dialogue between participants and LED management so, do come along and enjoy an hour of exercise to music at 10am, led by our cheerful instructors (also on Monday at 11am).

So, Santa, if you could get the relevant authorities to put a note in their various diaries to do something good in Exmouth, that is 2014 not 2020! My wife and I love Exmouth; please help us to continue to do so.

DJ Apperley

Exmouth.

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