EXETER DEAF ACADEMY PLAYING FIELD. (Mount Radford Lawn.)
Not much seems to be happening on this front, but maybe, and hopefully, things are going on behind the scenes.
Exeter Deaf Academy (EDA) said that they would sell it to us now for £2M, we declined their kind offer. We have had discussions with EDA telling them that we can make them an offer which is reflects a very generous valuation of the land without permission to develop. They tell me that they are considering an appeal. They must be quite busy at the moment planning their move to Exmouth in the Easter holidays.
I’m pleased to say that we have had some very generous pledges of finance for this project, it amazes me how kind and supportive to the community some people can be.
SAD SITUATION FOR CHARITIES
With reference to the above situation and to the situation the SLNA were in over the Roberts Road Church Hall; two charities, both doing good works, one has an asset which is surplus to their requirements, the other one wants it. The trouble is that there is a legal duty on the trustees of the asset holder to get as much money for their asset as they possibly can which means that the whole process gets exposed to the world of commerce, thus meaning that the charity that wants the asset can’t afford it. A charity sandwich with Mammon in the middle.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE ERADE SITE.
I have heard from Acorn, the developers of the main site that they intend to start the project by doing some ‘tree work’ and they are concerned that people who hear the chainsaws buzzing will flood them, us and the Council with questions about the legality of their actions. They assure me that all the ‘tree work’, I presume that means quite a bit of felling, has already been agreed by the authorities and that the landscaping after the building work has been completed will involve planting more trees. Their planting plan can be seen here.
In July last year the SLNA, in conjunction with local doctor’s surgeries, closed Magdalen Road and held a very successful Wellfest in the street. Health-promoting activities, singing, dancing, zumba, parkour, cycling and short health-related talks were displayed and given throughout the day ending up with a long-table meal for 240 people. It was really good fun. There are plans afoot to hold another one on Sunday June 21st. Watch out for the publicity.