The Mayor of Dawlish, Alison Foden spoke about how she became involved in the life of the community soon after she moved to the town
Alison is a well-known figure in the Dawlish community, and even more so at present as she continues in her term of office for a second year.
I think she was also very active in the campaign (started circa 2013) to stop Warren Farm being compulsory purchased by TDC to provide a countryside park (which is now located out by Sainsbury's).
Don't know what her stance was on the location of the Dawlish supermarket battle (circa 2007/8/9). Which isn't to say that she wasn't involved but just that I can't remember her being so.
History: Sandy Lane playing fields were initially under threat of at least partial development as a supermarket plus car park. I then remember a certain supermarket chain having made clandestine enquiries as to having the site of Dawlish College for their store. Nothing came of this. The potential site then relocated to Lady's Mile Holiday Park but this also came to nothing as the Sainsbury's site at Shutterton Brook was subsequently given the go ahead. Sainsbury's opened there, I believe, in 2012.