So much for Trust
- Credit: Archant
Regarding the relocation of Sidmouth FolkWeek campsite to Salcombe Hill.
The National Trust purchased the fields at the top of Salcombe Hill (the site of the proposed new campsite for Sidmouth FolkWeek,) together with the surrounding woodland, for £45,700 in 1986.
Presumably this amount came from money given by supporters of the National Trust, in the belief that their donations would be used solely for the protection of the natural environment and historic buildings in their care.
The terms of the conveyance, drawn up at the time of the purchase, stipulate that the land should only be used for the purposes of ‘agriculture forestry or amenity open space’.
Camping in these fields could loosely be seen as the amenity of the open space.
In April 2012 East Devon District Council commissioned the East Devon Open Space Study and nowhere in this report does it justify the letting for profit of amenity open space or for access to it to be privately operated and exclusive. In fact, it is defined as the opposite.
The National Trust cannot be ignorant of the interdependence of the campsite location with the late-night entertainment marquee.
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- 2 Comedy and horror at Sidbury Manor in film being released next month
- 3 Plan unveiled to restore 'magical' hidden garden in Sidmouth
- 4 Amateur dramatic society present 'tried and tested' comedy
- 5 Get ready to dive into Sidmouth's Sea Fest
- 6 Is 'no dig' gardening lazy or are we just replicating nature?
- 7 Exeter cargo plane deemed 'beyond economical repair'
- 8 Preparations underway for Salcombe Regis Fair while car parking remains a hot topic
- 9 Iceland offers over 60s discount on shopping bill every week
- 10 Festival organisers join forces to boost the town's 'brilliant cultural offer'
By the inappropriate exploitation of this beautiful and tranquil location for financial gain, I believe the National Trust is not only acting against the spirit of the 1986 conveyance but also failing the expectations of everyone who donates to them to avoid precisely this happening.