Traffic, noise and smells

PUBLISHED: 16:09 18 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 10 June 2010

I WOULD like to comment on the Longboat Cafe proposals. The architectural and historical objections to this proposal have been well put by others and I support those arguments 100 per cent. There are other issues, however. Budleigh Salterton cannot gain f

I WOULD like to comment on the Longboat Cafe proposals. The architectural and historical objections to this proposal have been well put by others and I support those arguments 100 per cent. There are other issues, however.Budleigh Salterton cannot gain from this proposal. If Mr Hushon's business plan for an up-market restaurant allied to a cafe succeeds, increases in traffic, noise and smells, in what is a uniquely tranquil and charming area - especially during evenings and in the off-season - are inevitable. The very reason so many people pay regular visits to Budleigh could be destroyed. That prospect is bad enough.But what if the business plan fails (there are plenty of precedents in this area)? There are only two possible outcomes and both are horrific: the premises close and become an unsightly mess, or the business is "dumbed down" to induce mass appeal.Would residents, planners and councillors like to see, for example, a Harry Ramsden-style fish and chip emporium, a change they could not legally resist? This may not be an argument that can be legitimately deployed in any formal objection to the application, but it is surely one which councillors should have at the backs of their minds. I cannot believe the majority of Budleigh residents or traders would wish such a scenario in their town.J A Dyble,13 Meadow Close, Budleigh Salterton.

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