We are entitled to a say on our wharves

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Nine months of meetings at Torridge District Council behind closed doors at last reveal that Simon Maunder has been chosen to develop the wharves at East-the-Water.

Why all the secrecy? What has TDC got to hide? Why no public consultation?

Councillor Roger Johnson stated: “We can arrange for a further public presentation.”

Whereas Councillor Philip Collins said there would not be further public consultation on the plans.

The whole process has been totally undemocratic – the people of Bideford are entitled to have a say in what happens in their own town.


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The attractive illustrations shown in the various publications are only an artist’s impression intended to portray a pretty scene on the wharf.

In reality what is needed is a detailed plan showing just how many accommodation units are proposed for the site and what allocation is being made for car parking over and above allocated spaces for residents.

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What restrictions will be imposed on public access? Floating pontoons that dry out at low tide – a strange contradiction. We should know more about how the small and medium size craft could use this facility.

Rather than TDC selling off the site for a mere £360,000 it would be much better to support Bideford Town Council in their bid to acquire the site as community asset.

It can be made more attractive with far-reaching long-term benefits to the general public.

Councillors David Brenton and Peter Christy are to be commended in their efforts to peruse this alternative, in spite of the heavy handed pressure from TDC.

David C Hall

Bideford

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