Beautiful Cockington park needs to be restored
MY wife and I left the Torbay area 20 years ago.
Last week, we returned on what we considered to be a sabbatical and visited Cockington which had given us so much pleasure in the 1980s.
Although the craft centre and the renovated main house are both improvements, we were amazed and distressed at the level of neglect to the grounds.
A major part of the hill is now left rough and although no doubt the reason will be that it is to encourage wildlife, it is apparent, in my view, that it is to save the cost of mowing.
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There seems to be a total lack of husbandry in the park.
Beautiful specimen trees have been put at permanent risk thanks to the growth of ivy which is squeezing the life out of them.
The azalea beds, which attracted photographers from miles around, are now, in my view, choked with brambles and blackberry bushes.
Broken boughs litter the area running down to the lakes and the wooded areas have now become a choked wilderness.
How can an area which generations have enjoyed, be left to deteriorate in such a way?
Where have birds gone?
I TOOK a walk in Scadson Woods on Friday and I was amazed how dead it was.
The woods seem devoid of wildlife. For an hour's walk, I saw no more than five birds and probably heard the same again.
I did see that a cycle track as been constructed and a couple of trees have been felled, leaving such a mess I could not believe it. The water courses have been left filled with detritus.
Everywhere it's fallen trees and branches, streams filled with cut logs and stones.
I live about 100 meters from the edge of the woods and for the last two months we have not had a small bird in our garden.
I thought it might be that there was plenty of food in the woods so why come into my garden for any but after my walk, it just seems that there are not any birds at all not even there.
EVERY day I need to drive along Ilsham Road, Torquay.
The congestion caused by poor parking is, in my opinion, an accident waiting to happen and must be a nightmare for the shops in the road.
As well as the parents who stop without any regard to other road users and then leave their cars with total disregard to parking regulations while they go shopping, able-bodied people will park on the pavement taking the lazy approach to parking regulations, thus causing a hazard for the short-sighted and infirm.
The parking officers employed by Torbay Council seem to have a two-tier approach to the situation.
During the infrequent times that they visit the road, I have seen on a number of occasions the officer start to write a richly deserved ticket only to be approached by the motorist and be apparently let off.
If there are regulations, please let them be correctly enforced so that the majority of sensible road users who are caught up in this mayhem can go about their business correctly and safely.
Mrs Ann Hunter
St Marychurch, Torquay
Bin removal 'good earner'
I AM writing about the removal of the dog poo bins.
I would first like to state that I agree 100 per cent that all dog owners should pick up after their dogs.
However, I would like to ask Cllr Ray Hill if he would like to carry a bag of dog poo in summer for miles or whether he would like to try and throw away rubbish into an ordinary bin that contains bags of dog poo?
I live in Happaway Road, where there are no bins at all. There were two.
So, if a person takes a dog for a walk to St Marychurch and back, he would have to carry the bag all that way.
Also, there is the health hazard side to the issue.
The whole point of the dog poo bins is they were separate from normal rubbish and safely disposed of.
As to on-the-spot fines, I feel this, taken with the bin removal, is going to be 'a good little earner' for the council.
One last thing, as to the idea of responsible dig owners picking up other people's dog poo, then I would like to ask what we pay Tor2 for?
It seems we pay more tax, in one form or another, but get less and less for it.
Happaway Road, Torquay
AS a resident of Cowtown, Brixham, for 44 years, I have watched the area go into a steady decline.
We have an increasing number of vehicles parked down Drew Street from St Mary's Square to Weston Close.
Since the alterations to The Square, the carriageway in The Square is narrower — it is impossible for two buses to pass alongside each other.
Has someone — be it adult or child — to be injured or worse before something is done about the problem?
One suggestion would be for Drew Street to be made one-way and remove all parking restrictions apart from the ones in The Square and at the top of Drew Street.
This would give more parking spaces for residents and also alleviate the present two-way traffic congestion both in The Square and in Drew Street.
I know that Brixham Council has written to Torbay Council about the dangerous iron vats housing plants in The Square, one of which is leaning over precariously.
I think also that the Brixham councillors sitting on Torbay Council should make our views known.
Do something before someone is hurt or worse!
Home Close, Brixham