Army camp plan 'is not such a fine idea'

SIR - With absolutely no consultation whatsoever with local Fremington Ward residents - Nick Harvey MP (Lib Dem), Rodney Cann (Ind), Phillip Milton (Tory) and all the other candidates that I could get hold of who support the 400-off shore turbines in our

SIR - With absolutely no consultation whatsoever with local Fremington Ward residents - Nick Harvey MP (Lib Dem), Rodney Cann (Ind), Phillip Milton (Tory) and all the other candidates that I could get hold of who support the 400-off shore turbines in our Bristol Channel, are now calling for the 3,000 (yes, that's three thousand) migrant workers to be housed on Fremington Army Camp!

While this might be a fine idea if you're Nick Harvey, living in his palatial country house surrounded by rolling green hills or if you're a millionaire like Philip Milton living at Trimstone Manor - but maybe it's not such a great idea if you happen to live in the small village of Fremington!

Apparently, English Heritage has been alerted to the value of Fremington Army Camp. I myself have already been in touch with English Nature regarding the environmental and wildlife importance of this site - being adjacent to the Tarka Trail and our wonderful estuary.

I realize that the MP and all the PPC's are not interested in my suggestions but I do have a vote! Why have none of them any vision or imagination? I would like to see a magnificent Country Park (similar to Victoria Park - but much better). We have lost our parks and gardens across Britain; we have given in to the greedy developers/speculators and have all lost something from the quality of our lives.


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I remember when I was young, those delightful sunny days on the local boating lake; picnics in our park and endless hours having fun in the public paddling pool. What do our kids do now? They spend their time sitting indoors watching tedious DVD's and playing computer games.

We desperately need mysterious and magical places. This is an ideal area for a park - adjacent to the Tarka Trail and the estuary. Trees; a big lake; wildlife; local school involvement and masses of local volunteers. We need to leave something for future generations. Trees are a living historical monument; have inspired poets over the centuries and are the earth's largest and oldest living structures. We should love and respect them - not chop them down as is happening in Fremington - and then replacing them with concrete monstrosities.

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Joanne Bell

Yelland

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