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Network Rail are threatening to cover over and destroy our beach and Brunel’s wall with a vast swathes of concrete.  We want Network Rail to come up with an environmentally sympathetic plan.  We want them to do the right thing.  Join us in the campaign to save Teignmouth and Holcombe beaches and save Brunel's sea wall. 

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Responses from the 5 parliamentary candidates

A week ago Clive emailed the 5 local parliamentary candidates for Newton Abbot, asking for their positions on the Network Rail plans between Parsons Tunnel and Teignmouth.

Their summarised responses were as follows;

  • Anne-Marie Morris (Conservatives) - No response

  • James Osben (Labour) - No response

  • Megan Debenham (Green Party) - Not an expert, but adamant that something should be done to preserve the Rail link. Did not directly comment on the Save the Beach position.

  • David Halpin (Independent) - Admitted to not having read into it to any degree. Offered his support in wishing to thrash it out for the best.

  • Martin Wrigley (Liberal Democrats) - Agreed that we need a new design. Stated that, whilst National Rail advertised plan and design met their priorities, it didn’t achieve the local needs.

I have tried to summarise the responses fairly, but would welcome any further clarification.

I was personally left with little doubt that Martin Wrigley cares and takes this issue more seriously than any of the other candidates.