Space is the key
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I am writing to protest about the objection to planning for the noticeboard in Old Fore Street by Sidmouth Town Council. I believe the reasons given were:
1. That it is a hazard for delivery lorries.
2. That it is too untidy.
With regard to the first objection, I would like to point out that this is a pedestrianised precinct and that pedestrians, therefore, have priority.
This is the whole purpose of a pedestrianised area and poses no more danger than looking in shop windows.
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On the second objection, I would suggest by comparison that the noticeboard in Old Fore Street is very tidy. It is also well used by a number of local organisations, including the Manor Pavilion, which I believe is owned by either EDDC or Sidmouth Town Council.
Manor Pavilion is currently displaying notices for: Variety by the Sea, The Matchmaker and Alice in Wonderland.
- 1 Thousands of washed up fish provide easy pickings for fishermen and gulls
- 2 Community rally around pensioner in hour of need
- 3 Dan's retail vision provides timely food for thought
- 4 How Devon are you? Take our quiz
- 5 Photo competition will capture the town's important moments
- 6 Month of the dead is a time to remember loved ones
- 7 Fundraiser makes brief stop on charity trek
- 8 Good vibrations will be felt as the boys return to the beach
- 9 Band are back... and music lovers brave rain to enjoy show
- 10 New owner sought for prominent Sidmouth seafront businesses
Other notices on display today on this noticeboard include:
– Sun Life Saving GB.
– Sid Valley Memory Café.
– Sidmouth Parish Church.
– Art exhibition, Mackarnass Hall.
– Spring fayre, St Teresa’s Hall.
– Charity art exhibition, Kennaway House.
– Table top sale, Sidmouth Sports Centre.
– Trip to Eden Project, Sidmouth in Bloom.
– Sidmouth Jazz Club.
– Christian Aid sale, Methodist Hall.
– Sidmouth Community Market.
– RNLI Exmouth’s Great Bake Off.
– Car boot sale, Rotary Otter Valley.
– Eco Explorers.
– Art for Auction, Children’s Hospice SW.
– Sidmouth College table top sale.
– Monthly organ concert,UR Church Hall.
– Citizens Advice Bureau.
Plus several SOS notices.
I think you would agree that these are all worthwhile causes. This noticeboard is extremely well placed and I have heard from local shopkeepers that a lot of people stop and look at the notices, so there is clearly a demand.
Far from refusing planning permission, I would suggest that this should not only be granted but given permission to add a further panel as there is a clear need for additional space if noticeboards become untidy.
The reason why they become untidy is because there is not enough space to meet everyone’s needs.