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.