Letters in Sidmouth Herald 13
December 2013, concerning the land proposed for the new campsite.
These letters follow the decision by the
Licensing Committee of East Devon District Council on 10 December to allow the use of the
proposed new campsite at the top of Salcombe Hill. Many objections were received and local
feeling seems to be very much against the idea - mainly citing concerns about traffic and
risks on the very steep narrow hill leading from Sidmouth. There was also concern about an
increase in 'illegal' camping in the adjacent woods: this is apparently already a problem.
Money is needed by the NT
Anne Chapman (Opinion, December 6) has certainly done her research and I have not checked
her facts, I assume they are correct.
However, the simple fact is that the National Trust does need to make some financial gain.
When they purchased the land, they could not have foreseen the extent of public use that
this area now receives.
I have seen the use increase beyond all expectation in the eight years that I have lived
in the area. This increase in use requires both the National Trust and the farmers to
spend increasing amounts to support both the public access and conservation work. How do
they pay for the surfacing of the car park, the all access pathways out to the cliff, the
maintenance of the woodlands and scrub clearance if not through making financial gains in
Whatever changes were implemented some people would object. I guess the National Trust
could introduce parking charges or set up a campsite for the whole of the summer. Instead
they are looking at a campsite for just one week of the year, organised by a group that
share their environmental objectives that will have a very minimal and short impact upon
the tranquil and beautiful location.
Any financial gain will help them to protect the natural environment and historic
buildings in their care, because they certainly dont receive enough through general
donations to provide what the public expect from them.
Name and address supplied.
Poorly served by EDDC
Regarding the relocation:
I dont think I should have to spend 27 years on Robin Island to point out that
democracy has been poorly served today at the licensing and enforcement sub committee on
December 10, during the application for a folk festival venue at Salcombe Regis
The applicant was scant with detail on traffic management which indeed was a major issue
for protesters, but alas, had only been agreed apparently the evening before and no
printed or any other sort of copy was available to be seen.
So now we know that one applicant from outside the area can apparently override many local
protesters in getting a licence to serve alcohol until 2am and have music until 1.30am,
with a general operational licence until 4am on a recreation field initially left to the
poor of the parish, by mentioning poor drainage in another camp site,
family friendliness and by having an unavailable and thus unsubstantiated traffic
management plan at the time of approval.
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