The day SVA became pro-active in a Vision for Sidmouth
Sid Vale Association’s outgoing chairman speaks of protests over protecting Sidmouth’s AONB
IN 2005 Handel Bennett, chairman of Sid Vale Association, addressed the annual town meeting, calling for a new Vision for Sidmouth.
He said: “The association felt the district council seemed to be neglecting Sidmouth in terms of public investment into the local community.
“The derelict drill hall was an eyesore on the Jurassic Coast and there was an opportunity to develop Port Royal for Sidmouth residents and visitors.”
From that meeting the Vision for Sidmouth group was formed, chaired by SVA secretary Alan Darrant, one of a number of SVA members to join.
You may also want to watch:
After in-depth assessment of Sidmouth’s needs, a report was published - A Vision for Sidmouth 2006 – which was presented to East Devon District Council.
“This was a turning point for the SVA, which for some years previously had tended to be somewhat reflective in its comments on what was happening locally in the Sid Valley.
- 1 Ottery brothers applaud customers on 'Freedom Day'
- 2 Sidmouth Toy & Model Museum is a hit with Toto
- 3 Review: Two rising stars shine bright in Sidmouth
- 4 Beachgoers share moment of wonder
- 5 Read all about it! Teresa scoops national award
- 6 New Ottery business aims to be far more than a shop
- 7 Restarting the town band is music to the ears
- 8 Cricket ground will be transformed into festival car park
- 9 Cotton Traders announce Sidmouth opening date
- 10 Property of Week: North Street, Ottery St Mary
“Now it became pro-active, seeking to pass on the views of its members, and to participate in local debate.”
In fact, says Handel, he never thought he would end up joining his first public demonstration last year and early this, carrying a placard to Knowle over EDDC’s Local Development Framework plan and the approval of developers using AONB land for housing.
“I said on the second occasion I no longer felt the AONB was safe in the hands of the present council.”
SVA certainly is pro-active over planning applications and Handel appeared before the gaming licence committee at Knowle in 2008 to set out objections to a proposed gaming centre in Dove Lane.
“Not unexpectedly, in my view, the Dove gaming centre closed due to lack of interest,” he said.
SVA also objected strongly to EDDC’s decision to allow the building of a housing estate in Woolbrook Road and in March 2010 Handel presented its reasons for objecting. However, “the planners were deaf to all our arguments, and the bulldozers moved in.”
Handel has now written to candidates asking for their commitment, once elected, to uphold the protection of the AONB and will publish the names of those who agree.