Let's pay more attention to detail

SIR - Like your correspondent in last week's paper, I, too, was bemused by the lengthy, jargon-riddled. planning consultation, Core Strategy Document." After 10 minutes in the library, I abandoned all good intention to submit a constructive response. At

SIR - Like your correspondent in last week's paper, I, too, was bemused by the lengthy, jargon-riddled. planning consultation, "Core Strategy Document."After 10 minutes in the library, I abandoned all good intention to submit a constructive response.At the opposite end of the spectrum, I would like to see the council concentrate more effort and resources on the repair and maintenance of public property.For example, walking the Tarka Trail from the River Yeo swing bridge, via the longbridge, to the Sticklepath end of the new bridge, there are numerous typical examples of inadequate maintenance, starting with a litter bin in the corner of the Civic Centre car park, which is frequently overflowing, the litter blowing into the river or collecting on the bridge platform below.There are railings and other street furniture which have not been painted for years; missing brick pavings have been patched with tarmac or concrete; seats are often broken for months before being repaired etc etc, all contributing to an air of scruffy neglect.From the longbridge to the new bridge, there appears to be no plan for keeping the new open spaces clear of litter, or the subways free of graffiti.Could we please have more attention to detail and a determined effort to rid so much of the town of the general untidiness and lack of maintenance. Just think of the photo opportunities for the portfolio holder, paintbrush in hand....David Smith, Barnstaple.


You may also want to watch:


Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus