New home dispute for Braunton St John Ambulance

Joseph Bulmer

Public meeting as the organisation looks for a new home and disagrees with the parish council

THE public are invited to an open meeting at Braunton Parish Hall on Thursday (September 1) to discuss how the village’s St John Ambulance is going to find a new home.

The organisation has had to leave its Heanton Street premises for health and safety reasons, said chairman Roy Lucas, but the Parish Council had turned down a proposal to renovate the Recreation Ground building. Mr Lucas said the old premises were being sold and the money would have been used on the new.

He said the intent had been to demolish or partly demolish the current building and create a new HQ with ambulance garage plus toilets and changing facilities that could also be used by the football club, which uses the existing building.

But chairman of the council, Councillor Marguerite Shapland, said the council had voted unanimously to reject the proposal because they felt it would set a dangerous precedent of building on public open space that would be “difficult to get out of” if requests were made by others in the future.

All interested parties are invited to the meeting tomorrow at 7pm.