It's a carbuncle

PUBLISHED: 11:40 16 December 2011

Your article in the Exmouth Journal invited readers to comment on the revised plans for the Strand Pavilion.

I regret to say that my opinion remains exactly the same as expressed in my letter (February 14, 2011), which you kindly published in the Journal and was among the material which you considered worth transferring to the web.

My views are as follows:

1. The new design differs little from the previous one and is quite out of keeping with the background architecture of a traditional country town. In other words, it is still “a carbuncle on the face of a familiar friend”.

2. The proposed design does not appear to me to be suitable to serve as a bus shelter, the sloping roof on the street side being too high to protect people against heavy rain or the usual Devon drizzle.

3. The present flexibility of proposed use constitutes a threat for all our precious traders.

4. The Tarmac surface is far better left open and available for use with marquee (as in the recent Christmas Cracker event), or for temporary art exhibitions, etc.

5. The money could be far better spent towards maintaining some of the social services of this town in the present difficult economic climate.

6. We need a bus shelter, not a large white elephant!

I believe this proposal is sufficiently controversial to be put before a town referendum in order for any support for it to be measured with some degree of accuracy. Support in the Journal towards this end would be much appreciated, and please put this letter on the web, too, in order to achieve the maximum publicity for this issue.

Janet Sawyer

57 Hamilton Lane, Exmouth.

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