Horrified by changes to pub

I have just seen the article about the Farmhouse Inn on the front page of the Exmouth Journal and I am absolutely horrified that the company is contemplating a so-called child-friendly change.

I have just seen the article about the Farmhouse Inn on the front page of the Exmouth Journal and I am absolutely horrified that the company is contemplating a so-called "child-friendly" change.

I like to think that we are "regulars" as we eat there a lot. On our visit last Tuesday, we noticed the ghastly gaming machine - no one used it during the time we were there!

If the proposed changes go ahead, we will certainly go elsewhere. Children are all very well, but with one or two exceptions they are ill-behaved and not conducive to a leisurely meal.

We, and no doubt many others, go there to escape from that for an hour or two!


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Jo Knight,

31 Ivydale, Exmouth.

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"Avert catastrophe urges Ray Franklin" says an article last week about the proposed unitary authority.

Averting catastrophe is precisely what Exmothians should concentrate their minds on, but listening to the arguments put forward by this councillor is detrimental to our town's health!

There can surely be little doubt that Exmouth will benefit if East Devon District Council ceases to exist.

Anybody who has shown any interest in what has gone on in this town over the past 30 to 40 years will remember the Ted Pinney days and I can see the similarity with the current Sara Randall Johnson days. These people are not in power in EDDC for the benefit of Exmouth.

For example, suggesting a three-storey car park on the London Inn site will do two things only:

1) Provide EDDC with additional parking revenues

2) Concrete over the logical location for any reasonable sized food market in the town centre.

Questions have been asked about what happens to revenue collected in Exmouth - is it ring-fenced or is it not?

On one hand a Conservative portfolio holder has assured me that "nothing will leave Exmouth", while his boss takes a polar opposite view. What faith should we have in EDDC when the left hand doesn't know what the right is doing?

I do not know if Exmouth will be better off as part of a larger urban Exeter - I am not impressed with the tit for tat mud slinging going on there either!

It is clear from what has been said and published that many untruths have been spoken to try to impress us just how bad it would be if we voted one way rather than the other

I am, however, certain that we (Exmouth) will have more say in our own destiny out of rural East Devon, and away from the vultures in The Knowle who have, since 1973, been picking at our carcass.

Mike Fairclough,

19 Withycombe Road, Exmouth.

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