Council must listen to residents

SIR - Ilfracombe has been in decline for many, many years. There are seldom opportunities for the council to have a big positive impact on the town. One such opportunity was missed when the decision was made to build the Landmark Theatre, which can only b

SIR - Ilfracombe has been in decline for many, many years. There are seldom opportunities for the council to have a big positive impact on the town. One such opportunity was missed when the decision was made to build the Landmark Theatre, which can only be described as a scar on the landscape. It appears that a valuable second, and maybe last opportunity, to save the town is about to be missed again.

Everybody in the town is aware of the lack of parking which is magnified every Easter and summer. The council seem to be blissfully unaware as to the importance of parking despite being told by the residents time and time again.

Forgetting for one moment about the rejuvenation and pedestrianisation of the Harbour area and looking just at the basic economy of the town. Ilfracombe town has an untold number of empty shops, derelict buildings, and unsaleable flats. Yet, around Ilfracombe, there are many accommodation providers full of people who would like to come in to the town and spend their money. Time and time again you can see couples and families drive in to the town and five minutes later you can see them drive out again, to spend their money elsewhere.

It is only sound economic and common sense to provide parking for these people, not only for the struggling businesses that already exist in the town, but also for the council.


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Converting the old bus station to a multi-storey car park will not only provide the council with income, but also a great deal more in business rates. If the current plan for the bus station goes through then there will be yet more empty flats and more empty shops. The council has been told this by the residents. Why won't they listen?

Malcolm James, Ilfracombe

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