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 Hayman's Butchers 'had been my life' - Stewart Hayman
- 2 Postie raises £6K for charity by walking 100 miles
- 3 Town is spruced up as excitement is in the air for future
- 4 Show of Art set to captivate Kennaway House visitors
- 5 The more we work together the better it will be
- 6 Claire leaves political spotlight
- 7 Sidmouth garden show to take place as lockdown eases
- 8 Golfing season underway at Sidmouth GC
- 9 Property of the Week: Ridgeway in Ottery St Mary
- 10 I want seafront cafe and restaurant to be something Exmouth can be proud of
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.