Longboat plan will be a boost

PUBLISHED: 16:11 11 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:47 10 June 2010

REGARDING the proposals for the Longboat Cafe, Budleigh Salterton, I know this particular application will arouse a storm of protest but, like most storms that fly up our Otter Valley, they make a fair amount of noise but are soon gone. This applicatio

REGARDING the proposals for the Longboat Cafe, Budleigh Salterton, I know this particular application will arouse a storm of protest but, like most storms that fly up our Otter Valley, they make a fair amount of noise - but are soon gone. This application is one of those rare opportunities to actually help our local life by giving us a year-round tourist attraction and - never mind the tourists - as a long-term resident, I would love a place where I could enjoy a winter sunset with a drink or a good dinner. There is nowhere currently in our lovely town where you can enjoy watching the magic of the sea in all its moods while enjoying the civilised comforts of decent dining.So I think it would be a commercial success which, instead of helping its cause, inflames even more the neighbouring protesters. I believe we should approve this new application and I summarise a few points below:1. Noise: The neighbours talk of comings and goings "into the early hours" but a lifetime in Budleigh would tell you that even a new restaurant is hardly likely to turn our residents or our tourists into night owls.2. Access: The doors onto Marine Parade should be emergency exits only. Public access by the lower walkway would calm some of the protests and ensure a safer traffic pattern on Coastguard Hill.3. View: The new higher level will - yes - be more visible. I believe that will attract customers (important!) and it will become, in time, a landmark without depriving the four cliff houses of their magnificent views.4: Name: It's hardly a planning matter, but wouldn't it be nice if it kept its original name - The Longboat Cafe?Jed Falby,96 Granary Lane, Budleigh Salterton.

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