Hands off our promenade
PUBLISHED: 15:21 15 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 10 June 2010
I cannot believe it another outsider moving into the area and wanting to so-called celebrate the beauty of Budleigh Salterton with another glass monstrosity! Firstly, we are expected to believe that a two-storey restaurant on the seafront is going to en
I cannot believe it - another outsider moving into the area and wanting to so-called celebrate the beauty of Budleigh Salterton with another glass monstrosity!Firstly, we are expected to believe that a two-storey restaurant on the seafront is going to enhance the promenade and now we are told that £80,000 would be well spent on a glass sculpture to celebrate the Jurassic Coast (which, incidentally, starts in Exmouth).Surely the Jurassic coast is celebration enough in itself - natural, enduring, unchanging and more beautiful than anything man could possibly do to enhance it.To plonk a two-storey restaurant on the promenade and a 15 foot high sculpture smack bang in the middle of Marine Parade would be an absolute disaster and wholly inappropriate.As for icicles hanging on the sculpture in the winter, does this lady not realise that you hardly ever get ice forming right down by the sea? It would also need to be cleaned on a regular basis (not just twice a year) as in a short period of time it would look scruffy with the salty sea air attacking it.Why do people like to come to Budleigh? Why have I been so excited, every day, in living my whole life in this wonderful place? Because of its timeless, old-fashioned, unspoilt, unchanging charm.If the council want to see an example of an inappropriately positioned sculpture that this lady has made, may I suggest they look at the one outside her house in Otterton - completely misplaced and out of keeping in its village setting.I have enjoyed looking at many sculptures in the right setting and I really like buildings made with lots of glass, but definitely not on Budleigh Salterton seafront.Please do not allow this to go ahead, but leave dear old Budleigh promenade as it is.Name and address withheld.