Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Promised goals to finally arrive in Stowford

12:40 16 May 2014

Jan Jones and daughter Sharon, centre, along with town councillor Dawn Manley and other Stowford signatories of the petition in September 2009

Jan Jones and daughter Sharon, centre, along with town councillor Dawn Manley and other Stowford signatories of the petition in September 2009


Stowford Rise families may finally have their goalposts returned after nearly five years – but the teenagers they were meant to benefit have now grown up.

Neighbours of the housing development were promised in 2009 that the ‘life and soul’ of their community would be restored at the 133-home estate, yet nothing materialised.

Now, housing authority DCH looks set to keep that promise, but some residents wish things had been left as they were.

Baker Close grandmother Jan Jones, who petitioned for the play areas, said: “I would love to see it finished – it was promised to us.

“There were goalposts there before that belonged to the community. They got as far as levelling the football field but no further.

“We wanted it for the kids but it never materialised. All they boys and girls are 18 now, not 14.”

She began a petition in 2009, which was signed by more than 100 parents begging developers not to build on a play area they described as ‘the life and soul of the community’. The bid was unsuccessful, and while DCH began work on a new ‘kick-about’ area, residents have been waiting years for it to be finished.

A DCH spokesman said: “We are committed to ensuring our housing schemes have safe open areas which encourage children to play together wherever possible.

“We have delivered a redesigned play area for the young people of Stowford Rise to enjoy, additionally to this we have created a recreational open space which can be used. We are currently in discussions with the developer of the scheme about finalising the recreational area which will see goalposts installed and will be updating our residents with our progress.”

The plans were welcomed by town councillor Dawn Manley, although she said she was unsure where the goalposts would go as the only open space is on a gradient, has recently been planted with three trees, and there is a ‘no ball games’ sign nearby.

“It’s absolute nonsense – if they cared about the open space they would have left the play area as it was,” said Councillor Manley, who also lives in Baker Close.

“We’ve heard this many times before.”


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

Sainsbury's apologised after new signs were erected wrongly stating its car park is for customer use only

Sainsbury’s confirmed car park is open to everyone and blamed error in wording for misleading notices

Read more
Yesterday, 19:12
Simon Harris (pictured with his son Noah) has launched a campaign to raise funds for defibrillators in Ottery

‘It’s a no-brainer’ - stark statistics prompt pair to take the initiative and start fundraising bid

Read more
Yesterday, 11:46
Providing accommodation for gypsies and travellers is a legal requirement that East Devon District Council must meet through its Local Plan

IN A significant development in the proposals to locate a large gypsy and traveller site in Cranbrook, East Devon MP Hugo Swire has urged East Devon District Council to rethink its plans.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:10
Victoria Hotel's head chef, Stuart White, wins the Seaside Chef of the Year award. Ref shs 4442-47-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Stuart is named the country’s top seaside chef

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
Exeter Magistrates' Court

A carpet cleaner, who offered rock-bottom prices to homeowners – including a vulnerable dementia sufferer – before hiking up his charges by up to 5,400 per cent, has pleaded guilty to seven offences.

Read more
Mon, 16:12
Sidmouth independent bsuiness men and women are gearing up for the festive season and in particular the late night Christmas shopping event. Ref shs 5600-45-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A campaign aimed at boosting independent business and celebrating what makes Sidmouth’s retail experience unique is under way for the third year running.

Read more
Mon, 11:12
Kirsty Trent completed her first ever marathon and raised £547.57 for Sidmouth Hospiscare

Runner completed a 26.2 mile distance to raise more than £500 for charity that provided ‘invaluable’ care to her family

Read more
Mon, 11:00
Snails ate Sarah Sanders' letter

Royal Mail apologises to East Devon resident, saying hungry snails love to feast on envelopes and stamps

Read more
Mon, 07:04
EDDC's Knowle HQ. Ref shs 7712-15-12SH Picture: Simon Horn

A developer behind plans to redevelop East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) offices at Knowle is to reveal its vision for the site at an exhibition later this month.

Read more
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Sid Vale Africa Link has restored friendship with a remote village in Malawi

Group asks for support in providing IT equipment for school to help ‘kick-start rural development’

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 9°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

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find a job in Sidmouth

Find planning applications