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”
- 1 Lifeguards report for duty as new service launches
- 2 Fancy a pint? Help support the survival of your local
- 3 New minibus takes voluntary service's fleet to three
- 4 Village summer fair returns to support local charities
- 5 Repaint of fish mural brightens up The Ham
- 6 Town's garden competition effort judged
- 7 Festival benefits connected businesses as well
- 8 New interiors showroom offers inspiration for your home
- 9 Ottery win the Monty Perry Invitation Cup
- 10 Wheels fall off for Tipton
This reflects the views of many in Sidmouth. A fat chance of it happening, but one can dream!
Green Mount, Sidmouth