Donations are coming in by every post to the Save Our Sidmouth appeal. The Sid Vale Association is matching all money donated and where donors are choosing to Gift Aid SVA are matching that, too.
Every £10, with SVA match funding becomes £20; if the donation is Gift Aided, a £100 donation is worth £250!
We are fighting the EDDC plans to build an industrial estate on 12 acres of farmland north of Sidford, to build houses on the wonderful grounds of Knowle, and demolish the Drill Hall to create a temporary car park. We have engaged a planning consultant, and the money for this is rolling in.
To date £9,500 has been donated to the campaign. With the SVA matching these donations this brings the fund total to £19,000.
If we don’t fight this now, we might as well say goodbye to the green fields. Developers already own many acres of the land around Sidmouth, and if the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is not defended by EDDC, more and more farmland will be built on; the green wedge between Sidford and Sidbury is in danger of disappearing. We are adamant that the Knowle gardens and the Drill Hall belong to the people of Sidmouth, and are not free to be sold off.
Alan Darrant, Chair, Sid Vale Association 19/09/2012