This article achieved a number 1 rank in 'most read' on the Sidmouth Herald website in August 2015.
The article highlights the nature of many EDDC personnel. It has been obvious for years that there are problems along the seafront. These were particularly pronounced in 2015. It is disingenuous verging on contemptuous for EDDC to say that the area is 'strictly monitored' and to pretend that all is well.
|Jan Strapp has been visiting the town since
1988 and says it was watching musicians on The Esplanade that inspired her to take up
playing her unusual string instrument the hammered dulcimer.
Since 1991, she has been a regular fixture on the seafront during FolkWeek - playing alongside people of all ages and abilities but the music lover said this may be her last year as it is getting harder to fight for space among traders and amplified music.
Jan said: I love the folk festival, but we have seen it change so much over the years.
I regularly set up by myself and whoever comes along, comes along thats the joy of this week.
We do it because its one week of the year we can - but its getting harder and harder and I know a lot of people do not do it anymore.
There used to be waves of people [enjoying acoustic sessions] along the seafront.
|add photo(s) of seafront||I have not been able to play where I used to
since the regulated pitches were put up, but now theres more people arriving to sell
things in between, so there&'s nowhere to go.
This is making the festival lose a lot
of its character if everybody moves from the seafront and the only ones left are
amplified music and traders thats not what FolkWeek is about.
FolkWeek director John Braithwaite 'thoroughly agreed' with Jans comments.
We would love to make much more use of the seafront as we used to do, he said.
But there seems to be a bit of an outbreak of amplified music.
He added that the seafront is used for a big performance on the Sunday of the festival.
A spokeswoman for East Devon District Council said the area is strictly monitored and the authority, which restricts the number of traders along The Esplanade to allow people to perform there.
She added: We ensure that enough space is left between the trade stands for the performers to entertain visitors.
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