These photographs were taken over a year ago in July:
A note from District Council officers on 16th July 2012 stated:
The Knowle is also listed in the Pleasure Grounds and Open Spaces Bylaw (30 October 1996) which sets out the Council’s authority to close the grounds and to only allow public access at stated times, if required.
A Freedom of Information request was responded to on 31st July 2012 by the District Council:
For other observers, the epithet 'boy racers' has come to mind - to describe the proposals to grant planning permission "on what is currently open space."
Others have noted the stern comment from the Chief Executive of the District Council: "It is an offence to interfere with any flower bed, shrub or tree."
And the Officer's observation that "a principal reason for the acquisition of Knowle was to preserve the gardens and field as an amenity."
See also: Knowle “Green Open Space” and bye-laws…. mixed messages from EDDC? | Sidmouth Independent News