Treasure area’s natural beauty

PUBLISHED: 13:30 20 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:13 10 June 2010

Perhaps I have no right at all to write this letter, as I haven t yet taken occupancy of my new home in Budleigh Salterton, and therefore I am not yet a bona-fide local resident.

Perhaps I have no right at all to write this letter, as I haven't yet taken occupancy of my new home in Budleigh Salterton, and therefore I am not yet a bona-fide local resident. However, I have been following the debate, and excellent letters submitted to your paper on the subject of a proposed "statue/art work" on the seafront .

Can I just explain that my wife and I have searched both the south, and east coasts of England looking for the elusive combination of things that Budleigh has to offer, (day-to-day shopping, proximity to other excellent resorts, (Exmouth and Sidmouth) and increasingly rare, polite and friendly residents and, crucially, a naturally beautiful and peaceful seascape).

We found a few places that could provide the first few things, (Aldeburgh and surroundings in Suffolk are very charming), but they simply cannot compete with the unspoilt tranquility and aspect of the Budleigh sea frontage.

We also like Exmouth and Sidmouth very much, (Exmouth for the beach and gardens, the Sidmouth for the small interesting shops), however, for our needs, Budleigh really delivers.

So therefore, I would just like to add my voice to those who are basically saying that nature has already provided a truly unique setting for the sea frontage, and for any person, (artist or councillor), to presume that they have the means to "enhance" the setting, seems to me to be at best naive and, at worst arrogant in the extreme.

I suppose many who live down there may perhaps take all the natural beauty and tranquillity for granted, but believe me, from where I'm looking now in the industrial Midlands, it should be respected, and indeed treasured, for future generations to admire.

PS just can't wait to see it all again in January! Happy Christmas everyone!

Mr David Boden,



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