Had links with village all my life

PUBLISHED: 12:27 16 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:30 10 June 2010

Mr Wheeler (Journal letters, August 7) should get his own facts right before engaging in public mud-slinging. Unlike Mr Wheeler, who has lived in East Budleigh for only a few years, I was born in the village and have had links with it all my life. I have

Mr Wheeler (Journal letters, August 7) should get his own facts right before engaging in public mud-slinging.Unlike Mr Wheeler, who has lived in East Budleigh for only a few years, I was born in the village and have had links with it all my life.I have been trading in the village since 1947 - so if my stall is the 'hazard' he claims it is to be, I am sure the council would have told me to remove it by nowIn fact, the council and the police have both visited me and said the stall is welcome because it actually slows down passing traffic.Mr Wheeler is right, I do not live in East Budleigh any more - this is not by choice, but necessity.When my wife died, Newton Poppleford was the nearest village to East Budleigh that had suitable council accommodation.The council is looking at re-homing me back to the village where I grew up as soon as suitable accommodation is available.I am not against a good village shop. However, I am concerned about the viability of such a venture.The former owners of the last East Budleigh village shop said themselves they were forced to close because no one used the shop except to buy milk and newspapers.There's a saying: They that lives longest, sees most.I don't have anything against anybody coming to the village - but before the paint's dry on the door they want to start running things.As for Mr Wheeler's comment about Salem Chapel being a 'white elephant', I think the Historic Chapels Trust and the district council - which invested in its restoration - and the many visitors it brings to the village, would disagree with him. Frank Farr.

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