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Thread #152651   Message #3585299
Posted By: Steve in Sidmouth
18-Dec-13 - 07:00 PM
Thread Name: Sidmouth campsite to move?
Subject: RE: Sidmouth campsite to move?
There has been a lot more local discussion about the proposal to move the campsite - most of it very much opposed to the idea.

The site has received its licence to go ahead but with the comment from the chairman:

there were no relevant licensing objections and there was no alternative but to grant the application.

To date the transport and traffic aspects have not been publicised - many residents have objected on grounds of public safety with so many people walking up and down Salcombe Hill and with motor traffic in conflict.

It seems to be proposed to use a couple of 16 or 24 seat minibuses - to replace the double deckers - and maybe up and down Salcombe Hill Road.

People who know the road well say that any such idea is simply a fatality (or several) waiting to happen. Drivers of vehicles of this size generally avoid Salcombe Hill!

There is local concern (but no firm information as yet) about whether local folkies will be able to drive to and park at the new venue as they can now at the Bulverton.

Recent letters and articles in the local paper start here:

letters and articles late Nov to 13 Dec 2013

Some people are wondering if there is a hidden 'subtext' to the proposed move - that the council and/or organisers know that the Bulverton land may soon become unavailable and so a new site has to be found - whatever its drawbacks in terms of public safety.

The minutes of the council meeting should be on the EDDC website shortly.