‘Plan demands a united front’

06:00 11 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 www.sidmouthherald.co.uk 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 www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.

Archant

HOPE has been expressed that Sidmouth can put on a ‘united front’ when a controversial blueprint for its future is back up for discussion.

The town council is to open talks with campaigners Save Our Sidmouth (SOS) and its constituent organisations over the East Devon Local Plan.

And any local groups are welcome to join in, writes Stefan Gordon.

The district authority’s contentious plan will be the subject of a further consultation after a government inspector ruled that more work needed to be done on it following a public inquiry in 
February.

Sidmouth was well represented during the hearings – and civic leaders think the town’s interested parties could agree on a number of issues.

The chamber of commerce, Sid Vale Association and the Vision Group for Sidmouth are among key players in SOS.

A people-powered ‘fighting fund’ appeal launched by SOS netted £13,000 from members of the public, which was subsequently match-funded, to employ a planning consultant to argue against the blueprint.

Town councillor Ian Barlow told colleagues at a meeting on Monday: “Everyone was almost in agreement at the end of it [the public inquiry].”

He urged the town council to ‘lead from the front this time’.

“If we can put on a united front, put one voice forward, and tell them what we want as a town it will carry a lot more weight with the inspector,” added Councillor Barlow.

“The district council would not be unwise enough not to listen to us.”

Town council chairman John Hollick said: “We do want to lead. Any group that wants to put forward ideas and come and talk to the town council would be welcome.

“We are arranging a meeting with leaders of various groups, and will see if we can come to some conclusions to that end.”

The allocation of employment land at Sidford and homes at Knowle and Port Royal are among issues relating to the Sid Valley in the Local Plan.

East Devon District Council last month backed an ‘action plan’ to address the failings of the document. It is set to cost taxpayers a further £12,000 in consultants’ fees.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

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

Calvin Marchant, with his sons Dominic and Floyd

No words can adequately express how much a father and shopkeeper will be missed by his family, customers and the community throughout Sidmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:17
Naomi Thomas of the weddding wishing well foundation recieves a cheque from Fields. Ref shs 1725-05-14TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Fields of Sidmouth celebrated the work of its staff and chose its charity of the year at the annual ‘Faftas’ award ceremony this week.

Read more
Fri, 16:30
Sidmouth Police Station in Woolcombe Lane

Government cuts have forced police chiefs to consider selling off properties to keep 3,000 officers on the beat – but there is ‘no foreseeable risk’ to Sidmouth’s station.

Read more
Fri, 16:00
Icy roads

Devon County Council’s highways teams are geared up to respond to whatever the weather throws at the county this weekend.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 3°C

min temp: -0°C

Most Read News

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition today E-edition

Devon's trusted business finder