Here is a letter from Matt Booth of the Save Sidmouth Drill Hall campaign:
The real issue going on here...
Thursday,May 1, 2014 02:11 PM
I was behind the campaign to stop the demolition of the Drill Hall.
I fought to stop demolition of the Drill Hall because of the complete lack of transparency in the decision making, because there was no plan ready for the area in its place (nor has there ever been), and importantly because it sits on land that is held in trust by the town council for the people of Sidmouth who were not consulted. Post demolition the space would apparently have become a small car park, though more likely it would have been left to rubble for who knows how long. What is without question is if the demolition process itself had not ruined the Sidmouth Trawlers family business, then the sea would certainly have done so in the recent storms without the Drill Hall as a barrier. I do not imagine that was factored into the plan for demolition, nor that the £48,000 set aside for the demolition work included compensation for their loss of trade. With the Bagwell’s business would have gone the last of the fishing heritage in the town. With that, what was once a vibrant part of the town would have become utterly bleak with Alma Bridge still not repaired after many years and Pennington Point rapidly eroding. A proposal could have been made to the cadets for the Drill Hall at any time up to 2011 and the town would now have control over the whole area. The problem is not the Drill Hall, but that it is now owned by EDDC.
Over the past two years I have attempted to maintain a dialogue on the future of the building with the leaders of EDDC. You can read more at www.sidmouthdrillhall.com and www.sidseafest.net
SidmouthThe real issue going on here... - Letters - Sidmouth Herald - Mobile
Here is the response from Cllr Andrew Mouling and Cllr John Hollick:
Drill Hall factsSaturday, May 10, 2014 7:15 AM
We feel it is imperative that someone puts the record straight about several aspects of the position regarding the Drill Hall in Sidmouth before a lot of people start chasing hares, so to speak.
Drill Hall facts - Letters - Sidmouth Herald
There will be more in tomorrow's Herald, but meanwhile, here are some links to the 'Drill Hall facts':
Application to demolish the Drill Hall:
EDDC budget £48k to demolish Sidmouth’s drill hall - News - Devon 24
00053TGHBU000 | Sidmouth Drill Hall The Esplanade Sidmouth
12/2254/COU | Demolition of former drill hall building and levelling/re-grading of base of site to form open air storage compound for boats and vehicles; existing pedestrian access on south end of site to be removed and new vehicle access route created at north end of site | Former Sidmouth Drill Hall The Esplanade Sidmouth
Withdrawal of the application:
East Devon District Council opens window for Drill Hall review | The Exeter DailyEast Devon
Town Council and the Drill Hall:
www.sidmouth.gov.uk/PDFs/STC Minutes 2009-10/stc-oct11.pdf
Save Sidmouth Drill Hall campaign:
sidmouthdrillhall | Save Sidmouth Drill Hall Campaign
Business Plan for the Drill Hall Hub - July 2013:
Drill Hall Article In Sidmouth Herald | sidmouthdrillhall
The Drill Hall Project - a national data base:
The Drill Hall Project> Database> Devon> Sidmouth
Posts from Save Our Sidmouth on the Drill Hall:
Drill Hall | Save Our Sidmouth
Questions of ownership of the Drill Hall site:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: who owns what
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: who owns what: Drill Hall
Alternative proposals for the Drill Hall site:
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: alternative ideas
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: mixed development
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: Drill Hall alternatives
Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: latest on the Drill Hall
Folk Festival and the Drill Hall:
Why I Love Sidmouth - feature article in the Living Tradition magazine
The Musicians’ Union strongly opposes East Devon District Council plans to demolish Sidmouth Drill Hall.