Town Field is wrong place for Scouts
SIR I feel that no scout can walk, bike or get a bus to a Scout hut located in the Town Field near Salcombe Regis, this out of town location up a very steep hill.
SIR - I feel that no scout can walk, bike or get a bus to a Scout hut located in the Town Field near Salcombe Regis, this out of town location up a very steep hill. (Comments are not logical, Herald, March 28).Parents would be forced to be involved all the time with cars dropping off and picking up. Fuel is not going to get cheaper. You may all have your own opinions on CO2 emissions. Planning guidance for applications in the AONB have many reasons for refusal, including refusal for sites where walking, biking and bus routes are not available.With planning guidance now suggesting less car parking provision for houses adjacent to bus routes, an increase in car use may not be possible for all. Further, I think we should continue to preserve our AONB as that is why it is so designated. A large hut and tarmaced car parking area will not enhance it.Also, I would hate to see the Scouts' fees go up and the Scouting organisation become a fund- raising organisation. There are many village halls, church halls, schools, not to mention the ever needy (despite lottery funding) Kennaway House, that can be used. The field in Salcombe Regis was left to the town, not just the Scouts. It is lovely the scouts do use it in the summer, for a peppercorn rent, but real research should be done into shared accommodation in the many halls that sit empty in the evenings throughout the year. By the way, I am often to be seen walking or biking in the town and in particular to the town council offices.Councillor Lois Kellyvia email