Leave park alone

PUBLISHED: 01:01 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:40 15 June 2010

It is with anger and disgust that I write this letter. It is noted that Sainsbury's are proposing to build a supermarket on the lovely, well used" recreational park in Seaton. As you will see from my address, I live in Fleet Court, which overlooks the pa

It is with anger and disgust that I write this letter. It is noted that Sainsbury's are proposing to build a supermarket on the lovely, "well used" recreational park in Seaton. As you will see from my address, I live in Fleet Court, which overlooks the park. It is a joy to see the young children and families enjoying the many facilities provided for their recreation - PLEASE don't destroy it. Also, to move the skate park to within 25 to 30 feet of Fleet Court, my home, would be unbelievably thoughtless and inconsiderate. Don't disrupt the everyday lives of the local children and families by concreting over and building on this lovely green park. It is totally unnecessary when so much land, derelict "eyesores", should be built on. We do not need a new play area and the skate park is perfectly placed where it is.I certainly support regeneration of Seaton and the possibility of a new supermarket, but not if it means uprooting green open spaces. Supermarkets are all, to quote a phrase, "much of a muchness" with very little to choose between them. Utilise part of the large car park to build on if you must, but not the green open spaces.I am a retired hotelier and realise that regeneration must begin in Seaton as soon as possible. Much improvement is needed. It is commendable that the push is on to encourage tourists to Seaton; tourism is important in all seaside towns and villages. However, having said that, it must be remembered that tourists and visitors "are here today and gone tomorrow"; the local inhabitants, the ratepayers, are here to stay! Much has been mentioned about a visitor centre, Jurassic Park and the tramway. However, local people's welfare should take priority. Much needed affordable starter homes for the younger generation to live in and bring up their families, plus leisure facilities for all age groups, including the visitors, as and when they arrive! On second thoughts, where are the hotels and guesthouses for them to stay?During my time as a proprietor of a small hotel in North Devon, a remark by a guest summed up one of the reasons why tourism in this country has declined, she said: "We only take one or two short breaks in this country, our main holidays are spent abroad." This is typical of many. Added to that, the vast amount of second "holiday" homes in this country and abroad, plus the very popular cruises to warmer climates, has all contributed, sadly, to the downturn of tourism in this country.In conclusion, yes please, a new supermarket, but not on green open places!Joan Watt Seaton


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