Campaigners spend £32,000 fighting future vision

17:30 24 June 2014

Protesters make their way along Sidmouth seafront on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 9494-45-12SH To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on MyPhotos24.

Protesters make their way along Sidmouth seafront on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 9494-45-12SH To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on MyPhotos24.


A CAMPAIGN group fighting controversial plans for the future of the Sid Valley has spent more than £32,000 in its efforts so far.

Save Our Sidmouth (SOS) has reassured residents it is ‘still active’ and continuing its battle against proposals for Knowle and the district council’s Local Plan.

The group – members of which include the chamber of commerce, Sid Vale Association (SVA) and Vision Group for Sidmouth – was formed in 2012.

It played a huge part in organising a 4,000-strong march on the East Devon council’s HQ.

The public contributed more than £13,000 towards a ‘fighting fund’ that was match-funded by the SVA, which also contributed an extra £5,000.

This allowed for more than £32,000 to be spent on professional expertise and publicity.

The income and expenditure have been independently audited, said SOS chairman Richard Thurlow.

He added: “SOS has benefited from widespread public support for our campaign - by displaying posters, writing letters, attending public meetings and demonstrations and district council meetings.

“SOS has paid for a professional planning advocate who prepared rebuttals of EDDC’s case, both on the Knowle and the Local Plan. These helped to inform the several thousand comments submitted by the public. Our consultant attended the public examination of the Local Plan and forcefully argued our case.”

SOS is opposed to East Devon District Council’s current plans to relocate from Knowle to SkyPark near Exeter and sell the site.

More than £705,000 of taxpayers’ cash has been spent or budgeted to the project to date.

The campaign group is also fighting the authority’s Local Plan – in which it is proposed five hectares of land in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Sidford is allocated for a five hectare employment site.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7705-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

Campaigners who have decided not to pursue a bid to secure legal protection for Knowle’s parkland claim the bid has cast doubt on future use of Localism legislation in East Devon.

Read more
The Radway cinema in Sidmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 7345-13-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders

James Bond fans need to act fast as tickets for a VIP screening of the super-spy’s latest silver screen outing have almost sold out.

Read more
Prospective town councillors Matt Booth and Deirdre Hounsom

Residents in the West ward will go to the polls tomorrow (October 8) to fill a vacancy on Sidmouth Town Council.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:38
AA Awards

Recognition from industry’s ‘Oscars’ helps put county on the map

Read more
Yesterday, 12:25
Bill Beaumont presents a Legacy Gold Standard award to Lester Wilmington, chairman of Sidmouth Rugby Club. Ref shs 0765-40-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Work at grass-roots level has scored Sidmouth Rugby Club a national gold award and recognition from one of the sport’s legends.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:25
Robin Waller, who has died aged 73, pictured receiving his honorary membership of Exmouth Carnival, with granddaughter Cassara.

‘Carnivalites’ from across the East Devon circuit have remembered a former Sidmouth Carnival organiser with a heart of gold, who has died at the age of 73.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:25
Wendy Taylor at Sidmouth Market

Business owners at Sidmouth’s well-used market building have questioned the ‘bizarre’ comments of a town councillor – who is calling for its demolition.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:09
Exeter's Fanzone, in Northenhay Gardens

Sports fans can still enjoy watching the rest of the Rugby World Cup at Exeter’s Fanzone, despite England’s early exit from the tournament.

Read more
Slade Close residents Raymond and Evyln Hearn who miss having a regular town bus service Ref sho 7140-06-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

Fearful shoppers and businesses say plans to extend Ottery’s town bus service cannot come quick enough - as traders and residents suffer its loss.

Read more
Mon, 10:09
Derelict Ottermill Switchgear building in flames on Saturday

Crews fought the flames in the early hours of Saturday morning

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Find a job in Sidmouth

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications