Space is the key
- Credit: Archant
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.
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 Arson attack destroys Ottery NHS worker's car
- 2 Waves of enthusiasm for Sidmouth Sea Fest
- 3 Fire service appoints former police sergeant as ambassador for road safety initiative
- 4 Drunken gunman 'nearly shot dead' by police in village confrontation
- 5 Trio gear up for 'banger' car rally in aid of Motor Neurone Disease charity
- 6 Three Sidmouth sites included in review of East Devon employment sites
- 7 Plan unveiled to restore 'magical' hidden garden in Sidmouth
- 8 Sainsbury's alters planned car park signs after 'customers only' concerns
- 9 Sidmouth's Fire Beacon Hill will live up to its name in Jubilee ceremony
- 10 Firefighters tackle car fire at Ottery supermarket
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.