Town will have its first no-go area
PUBLISHED: 02:01 30 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 June 2010
I think we Exmothians could be in trouble. Each week in the Journal our attention is drawn, in the main, to the on-going supermarket saga and also, more recently, the Chapel Hill proposals. While so distracted in the edition of June 12, a proposal which
I think we Exmothians could be in trouble.Each week in the Journal our attention is drawn, in the main, to the on-going supermarket saga and also, more recently, the Chapel Hill proposals. While so distracted in the edition of June 12, a proposal which has the potential for more dangerous consequences to our fair town than where we buy our food or how we get from the railway station to the beach was quietly announced.Let's assume for a minute that Exmouth has ambitions to remain a holiday resort, that the main period of business is somewhere between May and September each year and that probably the main attraction is the seafront. Should it be agreed that those three points are valid in general, what would be the effect if access to the prime attraction was to be somewhat curtailed?As the answer to the above question is obvious, Devon County Council proposes to prohibit vehicular access to Orcombe Point from some 200 yards (car park entrance?) after the spur junction at Maer Rocks in the summer months between 7pm and 7am.However, it gets worse. The reason for this proposed road closure is given as road safety because of disorder. Poppycock! The reason is that policy guidelines for the police and the courts have failed us and, as a result, Exmouth will have its first "no-go area". Should this action prove successful (it will not, of course; the disorder will just move elsewhere) then it could quite easily become the norm as the easy option. Where next, Phear Park?Fortunately, I am aware that the town council planning committee is very adept at spotting these schemes that slide quietly in (usually around Christmas) and, hopefully, this one will also be noted.Finally, could I just add that, when the traffic police have finished their proposed actions on Hulham Road, could they turn their attention to the north end of Pound Lane where they would really have some fun.Phillip Frewin-Smith,130 Pound Lane, Exmouth.