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A questionable butterfly


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Julias Sachin
14 Oct 2017 12:00
14 Oct 2017 14:25

So what’s it to be then?

Oh don’t stop the carnival


The carnival is over

14 Oct 2017 15:50

The carnival will continue in one way or another.  But it seems the rigmarole about the play park just runs on and on..................

1 Agree
16 Oct 2017 10:12

Can we be clear on the whole situation, who will benefit and who in someway or another will be affected by the proprosal going ahead, here are my views, being realistic:



Children will have a larger area to play within, well under 10's anyway.

Adults will have a "safe" place to take thier children to play. 



I don't personaly feel it will boost trade in the town at all.

Noise created next to the bowling club will cause issues.

Events like the carnival will change significantly.

We will loose another open space within Dawlish. 

I predict it will attract anti-social behaviour as most playparks do it the nighttime hours.

Vandalism and graffiti will be subjected to the new playpark. 

We already have a drug issue on the lawn, needles found on a daily basis there and at the manor, will this increase, or be a danger.


That's my little contribution, be interesting to see what others can come up with. 

13 Agrees
Diana Mondeo
Diana Mondeo
16 Oct 2017 12:43

So having a £260k mini playpark on The Lawn is going to significantly boost trade for the retailers. Parents are going to flock to Dawlish for this mini miracle. When their under 8's have exhausted themselves playing in the play park the parents will then spend vast amounts of money in the miriad of retail shops that adorn the high street.

Typical Dawlish council with their heads in the sand, and there is planty of that, as to the ACTUAL needs of the Dawlish people and what tourists/visitors would like to see and attract them to Dawlish.

As others have said before. there is a perfectly good playpark by the Manor House that could be extended and modernised for children to play in a safe environment. Where do you think the parents are going to have to park anyway... Barton Hill car park which is equal distance between the current and propsed play park. 

My objection overall to this new play park is the one sided approach and ignorance that the town council has used to bulldoze this project through with, a dodgey questionaire and incorrect analysis of the statistics. Only a person with a total lack of arithmetic and common sense could not see this project has been a farce from its inception.

8 Agrees
18 Oct 2017 11:18

More letters about this in the latest editon  (18th October) of the Gazette.


18 Oct 2017 12:05

I'd still be interested to see other peoples break downs to what they think are the positives and the negatives of the proprosal. 

Diana Mond
Diana Mond
18 Oct 2017 22:43

Just read the two letters. One from the publicity-loving wife of a trickster, and the other so all over the place that anyone would think the writer was a Liberal Democrat. They don’t really help their cause...

19 Oct 2017 07:21

To state the obvious - that's a matter of opinion.


5 Agrees
Diana Mond
Diana Mond
19 Oct 2017 08:50

Absolutely Lynne. 

19 Oct 2017 09:11

So I wonder if those who disagree with any or all of the sentiments expressed in either of those two letters might wish to be more explicit.

In other words, rather than attacking the man (making personal comments about the authors) they attack the ball (the contents of the letters).    

19 Oct 2017 11:25

@Diana Mond - just because someone is the wife of a magician, does not mean she does not have the entilement to an opinion and a thought to the proprosal, same applies for the councillor who happens to be a lib dem, what i don't understand @Diana Mond that if you don't agree with it, like these two people don't, how do you feel they are not helping thier cause?

5 Agrees
26 Oct 2017 16:37

Diana Mond - Your post of 18 Oct 2017 I find interesting reading, to quote "publicity-loving wife of a trickster"

This, in fact, is my wife you are refering to and, I would point out that, it is by using the media that attention can be focussed on important issues such as a play park on the lawn.

Hopefully we, the Dawlish residents, may then get  true opinions regarding the proposed playpark for the lawn.


Regarding your description of myself as a trickster, according to Merriam Webster's dictionary I could be one of three types of person -

:one who tricks: such as

a: a dishonest person who defrauds others by trickery

b: a person ( such as a stage magician ) skilled in the use of tricks and illusion

c: a cunning or deceptive character appearing in various forms in the folklore of many cultures 


These days, now in my senior years,at times I still entertain for various charitable causes - Open Daw,

Memory Cafe, the former Hedley Way Centre to name but a few.

In early December I will be involved in a fundraising event at the Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton in aid of Childrens

Hospice South West & Rowcroft Hospice Torbay.

So which trickster am I,  Diana Mond - a,b or c  ?


PS:- I cant help noticing the name Diana Mond appearing many times on these discussion pages , probably just

for publicity !!




26 Oct 2017 16:45

@Matt, i thought her husband was called tony, he was the last time i spoke to him. i love the trick you've done there with your name.


I have to say I know both Matt and Roma very well and they are kind, loyal and caring people. Who like anyone else are entitled to an opinion and should be respected like anyone else. 

26 Oct 2017 16:56


"Diana Mond" is the current alias of this contributor, she has posted under countless other names over the years, and has been banned by the webmaster numerous times.  For some reason she just can't keep away from this forum.

26 Oct 2017 17:06

Thank you for your kind remarks "TheObserver"

As you know Roma was born and bred in Dawlish and is very passionate

about her town and that is why she puts her feelings in writing.

If, by doing this, it focuses public opinion on important issues, in this case

the play park, all to the good.

By the way Diana Mond can you explain why her friendship with Sheila Thomas is so interesting

to  you( ?????! ) , your post of 25 Oct 2017            

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