SIR - It was only recently that I fully appreciated the irony of the name given to the new Persimmon housing development in Upper Woolbrook.
By calling it “Laureate Heights”, the developers are, no doubt, attempting to associate it with one of the most prestigious past inhabitants of Sidmouth, Sir John Betjeman.
However, in doing so, they invoke thoughts of what is probably his most famous poem, “Slough”, published in 1937, which was a tirade against mass building development and the ambitions of planners and developers. His thoughts are as relevant now as they were so many years ago. It is well worth a complete read, but the final stanza:
“Come, friendly bombs and fall on Slough
To get it ready for the plough.
You may also want to watch:
The cabbages are coming now;
The earth exhales”
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- 2 Around the sitting room in 80 days with the amazing Diana, 98
- 3 Stableford jewel for Sidmouth member
- 4 Rewarding first night back For Sidmouth Running Club
- 5 Escot springs out of lockdown and they're wild about opening again
- 6 Young Vikings enjoy victory on the main pitch
- 7 It's our time to share our fortune and 'do our bit' as we start to re-open
- 8 Claire leaves political spotlight
- 9 Veterans called to muster in tribute to Prince Philip
- 10 Mighty Greens conquer Plym Trail marathon
This reflects the views of many in Sidmouth. A fat chance of it happening, but one can dream!
Green Mount, Sidmouth