This must stop

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 March 2013

I do wonder if the EDDC knows what is actually going on in Exmouth.

I have run a bed and breakfast in Exmouth for almost 10 years. During the past four years my income has dropped by 30-40 per cent due to the recession. We currently have six bed and breakfasts up for sale as they are struggling in the current economic climate and some of the hotels are having difficult times also, so where is the logic in allowing a Premier Inn to be built in Exmouth.

That would finish many of us off completely. Far from creating jobs, the Premier Inn would be destroying the livelihood of many family-run bed and breakfasts and hotels with our council’s assistance.

These kinds of hotels are more appropriate for big cities and near motorways, not for a small town like Exmouth and, aside from the economic implications, the building itself is totally out of keeping and disproportionate to our seafront.

I know from speaking to visitors to Exmouth that they come here because it is relatively unspoilt and non-commercialised and has a relaxed and safe atmosphere, but still offers a good choice of restaurants, pubs, historic buildings and just enough to do for all ages.

Have no lessons been learnt from the huge bowling alley development?

The hundreds of people who live behind that building must be devastated at the loss of the beautiful view they once had.

As much as we needed something like the bowling alley, it is in the wrong place and totally disproportionate in size for our seafront.

It will be chaos in that area during the summer months. Let’s not make the same mistake with a Premier Inn or any other developments.

I need holiday makers for my business but Exmouth should be first and foremost for the benefit of its residents, any developments that adversely impact on the quality of any of its residents should not go ahead.

Development of our seafront does not necessarily mean more visitors will come to Exmouth. If that was the case then the likes of Torquay or Blackpool would be thriving and they’re not; some bed and breakfasts in those places charge as little as £13 per head because they are struggling.

And a national company like Premier Inn will not use local builders or local produce, they have their own building teams to build their hotels and will use big national suppliers for foodstuffs etc not our local producers.

The district council should be helping to enhance what we already have to offer in Exmouth rather than hiding the beauty and uniqueness with inappropriate, unwanted overdevelopments. I thought the marina was a very tasteful and appropriate development but that is being spoilt with overdevelopment. This has got to stop.

Yvonne Bishton.

Victoria Road


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