Garden is sacred

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 July 2013

Some years ago, while in discussion with the then chairman of Exmouth Town Council, Mr Barry Willoughby said that the then Strand Gardens is a designated area devoted to the numerous people whose lives were sadly curtailed during the various world wars.

This area was regarded as a sacred war garden where we could sit and pay our respects to those fallen heroes where the odds of survival in those traumatic conditions were extremely slim – the names of those true heroes are etched on the slabs below the cross.

Therefore, I consider it to be an absolute disgusting disgrace that East Devon District Council and our own Exmouth Town Council, and Ian McQueen, chairman of the Chamber of Trade, who claims to represent traders of the town, have stooped so low, and allowed a continental market to trade in the shadows of the war memorial.

My research has revealed to me that the cafes/restaurants pay per annum £2,000 to have tables and chairs outside their premises to create a ‘continental approach’ to the town, and brighten up the Strand Arena area.

So, if this is accurate, then just how much are these mobile traders contributing to the town’s street cleaning?

A local café owner was recently instructed to remove the wording of Devon cream teas off her menu by a trading standards officer, as she could not guarantee that the cream she served, nor the jam used, was a product produced in Devon, so she had 200 new menus printed reading ‘Eat cream teas in Devon’ and this satisfied the red tape from Devon County Council.

Yet at this continental market we all could read a huge board outside a German stand clearly displaying ‘Devon cream teas for £3 each’. So would someone please tell me how this travelling continental market benefited the town’s economy?

Charles Drake

Rolle Street

Exmouth

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