Idea to fence The Green rejected

PUBLISHED: 16:19 04 April 2016

Budleigh Salterton Public Hall. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exb 5404-10-12AW

Budleigh Salterton Public Hall. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exb 5404-10-12AW

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Suggestions to erect a fence to protect a popular Budleigh Salterton park - which is being cut up by motorists - have been rejected by town and district councils.

Residents have raised concerns at muddy tyre tracks being created in The Green, Station Road, over the winter.

Some motorists, in an effort to park their vehicles, have been putting two wheels on the wet verges, causing large, muddy gouges in the turf.

At a town council meeting, former mayor Caz Sismore-Hunt suggested that fencing should be put up around The Green to protect it.

Speaking after the meeting, she said: “People are going up Station Road and pulling on to The Green. We need to stop them doing it. The only way I can see is bollards, fencing or a hedge.

“There should be a deterrent rather than a punishment.”

However, this idea was rejected by the town council.

Town mayor Courtney Richards said: “It is nice to see that open space when you drive down Station Road.

“If posts were put there, they would get knocked down and need to be repaired. It would make it very difficult to mow The Green, because they would have to mow around the posts.

“The parking on The Green is a pain and it was particularly bad during the winter when the grass became very wet.”

East Devon District Council (EDDC), which owns The Green, also said it was not considering the suggestion.

A spokesman for EDDC said: “Parking on the grass verges adjoining The Green is strictly prohibited under by-laws made by East Devon District Council, which owns The Green and the verges.

“We ask that people park appropriately in the designated parking areas, which are clearly signed. We are not considering fencing off the area.”

Concerns have also been raised by Budleigh in Bloom about the rising amount of dog mess which is appearing in the flowerbeds on The Green.

Budleigh in Bloom chairman Bob Wiltshire has asked people who walk their dogs on The Green to be more considerate.

He said: “People have been seen with dogs on leads being allowed to defecate on the flowerbeds on The Green.

“It’s very nasty for our members to have to put their hands in there to clean it up.”

“Children have also been seen running into the flowerbeds – it’s not very nice.

“People are normally very good about it, but when it happens it’s very nasty – there is no excuse.”

Councillor Richards said: “It’s absolutely irresponsible for people to let their dogs mess in the flowerbeds.

“It is a hell of a job for Budleigh in Bloom to be confronted with and it needs policing more thoroughly. I would like to see them being fined.”

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