Ambiguous and patronising

OBVIOUSLY I offer praise to the Weston & Somerset Mercury for its encouragement to debate over the Henry Boot 'Development without Conscience or

OBVIOUSLY I offer praise to the Weston & Somerset Mercury for its encouragement to debate over the Henry Boot 'Development without Conscience or Consequence' Lifestation and the publication of the passionate opinions subsequently stimulated.I believe the developer's local presentations were ambiguous and patronising but one thing has clearly emerged; this is not the development Weston needs or Weston people have pleaded for.The on-line poll clarified the public feeling that developer's and the council's coaxing statements and posturings are simply displays of 'respect for public opinion' along the lines of pantomime gesturing. The reality is that public opinion will be heard as distant murmurs and then ignored.The real point is this. These periodically elected bodies assume the power to give away our heritage sites as if by divine right - Knightstone Island being the most recent gift our council has bestowed on the corporate world. Now, more and more of our beach, the sky above it, more and more of our beach, the sky above it, more and more of our Beach Lawns and, ultimately, our right to the whole fundamental point of the Tropicana redevelopment, our daydream swimming pool, can be the subject of 'contractual small print' cost-effecting closure by the proprietors within a couple of years.It is time to say no. This is our town, our heritage and our future. It is not a square on a Monopoly game board. Neither is it a route for councillors to think they might be regarded by history in the same breath as, perhaps, Isambard Brunel, as having 'given us' the future. Brunel conceived icons, designed icons, inspired icons and built icons - where there was nothing! He did not simply patch-up and repaint his heritage - or swap it for something, creatively photographed, from the catalogue of a travelling salesman.P HUNTER - Trewartha Park, Weston


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