Another ill thought out idea for Dawlish
Why ill thought out? (not saying it is, not saying it isn't. Just wondered why you think that it is).
I don't see how the council can claim the credit for it being a haven for wildlife - this swathe of countryside always has been!
Next we will be hearing how Teignbridge cannot afford to maintain it. That will be on top of posibly charging for parking. Will they be building a bicycle hire shop, sorry I meant toilets. Just have to hope they dont find a Cirl bunting or a newt or that will be the end of that.
Below is what Barbarawils68 wrote on the link to the thread that Deedoodle has given. (DA2 = the area of Gatehouse/Secmaton Farms and Langdon Hospital land all of which will be developed for housing over the coming years).
"Not convenient for the residents of DA2 or those that could have walked from Dawlish! With the field closest to the new development for over 1000 + houses not included, this makes it difficult for access, since walking along Shutterton Lane is frankly dangerous from either end and there is no path to St Mary's Cottages, even if one intended to use the park. This area is even more out on a limb than the crazy Warren Farm site and 2.9m is not cheap for what could be a white elephant. Oh and no SANGS on the landowner's land means they can have even more housing on the now freed up area within the DA2 envelope, so more profits for the developers and misery for the locals with the infrastructure creaking under the pressure now. So well done TDC, half a job done again as usual! Finally if the car park is off Exeter Road just before the brow of the hill, there would be a good chance of an accident as cars try and get accross the road to get on the Exeter side! Maybe they should get the cart in front of the horse and sort out the highways issues first before they get too excited. I am still worried about lorries coming out of Langdon site when the industrial units are up, since there is no talk of traffic measures in this area, and the below will just compound this unless the car park will be below Cofon Wood. Am I the only one with concerns or are everyone dazzled by the thought of a new park and not the consequences of it!"
Okay .....so.....this is how I think this new park could be accessed on foot coming from the Dawlish end. Walk up to Sainsbury's then down through the new Redrow estate towards the Warren. At some point there should be a place for pedestrians to cross over Shutterton Lane to/from the Redrow estate to/from the new countryside park.
But I agree that there should be a walkway of some kind running parallel with the A379 linking St Mary's Cottages with Shutterton Lane.
And I also share the concerns about the location of the car park.
There will be accidents, consider a car wanting to turn right towards Exeter it's madness who ever came up with the idea needs their head looking at.