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TREE SUMMIT 27 November 6-9 pm Kennaway House, Sidmouth

A lot has happened since this 2013 post on our blog:

Here’s the latest Sidmouth Arboretum news:

We are having a great response to our plans for a lively and wide ranging informative evening – featuring the many benefits of trees.
Do come and visit, pop in or stay longer, to be held at the Cellar Bar of Kennaway House, EX10 8NG with bar and refreshments available.
This coincides with both Tree Week (28 Nov – 6 Dec) and with the UN climate conference in Paris (30 Nov – 11 Dec). The format will be informal, with participants scattered around the room at small tables. Each may give a short introduction of their work, before the evening is opened up to networking and mingling between the tables and the bar.
DIARY DATE AGM 12 January 2016 at the Unitarian Church, opposite Tesco in Sidmouth. 5.30 pm open to all/refreshments available.
We are still looking for a new Treasurer. Not a lot of work, not necessary to attend all committee meeting; but we do need someone! Anyone who might be interested, please contact current Treasurer Councillor John Dyson or Diana East 01395 519275.
Our best wishes for the Christmas Season
and a Happy New Year to all.


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No Rights of Way into the Public Park at Knowle? Letter to the press contains a warning.

This letter sent by Mike Temple, was published in today’s Sidmouth Herald (06/11/2015):

In 2012 a local resident and I, hearing that the Council intended to sell off much of Knowle’s public park and gardens for private housing, applied to register rights of way into the public gardens, fearing that access might be denied.

The government Inspector has now ruled that, because the public has used these access paths “by right” (not “as of right”), legal public rights of way” into the park cannot be established. The result is that there is now no legal guarantee that the public will be able to access the public park as the land concerned will belong to the private developer, PegasusLife. The latter have said they will allow “permissive” paths into the park but what if those who buy the retirement homes object? Will Knowle become a private estate like The Laurels? It is also interesting to see that PegasusLife have drilled for soil samples well down the lawned terraces, presumably because they hope to build there, across the footpaths claimed by the public.

One is also forced to ask why EDDC spent so much Council Tax payers’ money hiring an expensive London planning barrister to stop legal rights of way into a public park. Is this yet another example of a Council serving the interests of private developers rather than the needs of the community?’


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