Stay grounded!

I refer to your “Knowle alert – save our parkland plea” article in last week’s Herald.

I can understand why East Devon District Council needs to move to a more modern purpose-built building in Honiton. The Knowle is a mishmash of an old converted Victorian house/hotel with some modern annexes, all of which are uneconomic to maintain.

But, any sale of the Knowle must not include the public grounds – two of the most attractive parkland areas in the heart of Sidmouth. Indeed, they are part of the essential character of Sidmouth! Simply, these must not be built on.

I am sure that the SVA will have a lot to say and do over the matter. But time is of the essence!

It is all very well for EDDC to say that the ‘possible’ proposed move will have to be ‘self-financing’, but if it isn’t – what?

If the move does take place, the retention of the two public parkland areas is essential. And there are also three car parks which would help solve Sidmouth’s parking problem – and attract more visitors.

Brian Websdale

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Linstead Court, Station Road, Sidmouth