Hands off OUR Phear Park

PUBLISHED: 10:33 14 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:17 10 June 2010

I recently went into a shop in Exmouth and on the counter was a petition to save Phear Park, as it is feared East Devon District Council is intending to build on it. I was appalled and incensed by this. Phear Park belongs to the people of Exmouth. It was

I recently went into a shop in Exmouth and on the counter was a petition to save Phear Park, as it is feared East Devon District Council is intending to build on it. I was appalled and incensed by this.Phear Park belongs to the people of Exmouth. It was left in a covenant by Lady Phear for Exmothians to enjoy outdoor leisure activities.I am Exmouth born and bred and to even whisper that the land can be taken away by the council is unthinkable. Do they really think that they can just move in and take Phear Park? The land belongs to us all, not the council.I suggest that, if the council need land for building, they buy land that becomes available, instead of allowing the big building firms to come along and do so.Phear Park is the only green space where children can go and play safely. There are grassy areas around, but children are not allowed to play ball games on them. In the park, there is plenty of space to kick a ball around and play without upsetting anyone.I am old enough to remember the 'old house' in the park where the bowling green is now. I played in Phear Park when I was a child, my children played there, and now my grandchildren go there. I am hoping that my great grandchildren will also be able to go there and enjoy the swings, roundabout and slide etc, as the rest of us did.Instead of trying to take the land away from us Exmothians, why don't the council go about improving it, such as resurfacing the tennis courts, cleaning out the 'so called pond' that they changed a few years ago, not for the better?The government wants everyone to become healthier and fitter. Sorting out the park for the better would benefit the whole population of Exmouth. Everyone pays great amounts of money through council tax; why not use some of it to benefit all of us - as it should be.Lastly, Exmothians should note, Phea Park is ours, let's keep it that way.Mrs Diana Carpenter,39 Moorfield Road, Exmouth.

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