Councillor Cathy Campos has asked me to post this latest update to the campaign to preserve Manor Gardens as a green space. You may remember the petition launched a few weeks ago.
A setback …
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, SHDC has once again declined to
support Local Green Space Designation for Manor Gardens. It should be noted that his fellow SHDC
Councillors did not support this latest attempt to safeguard this space. It is now obvious that South
Hams will not, of their own volition, do what so many of us want, and will not guarantee to protect
this iconic community space from any further development. Now our only realistic hope of securing
this protection will be thorough the Dartmouth Neighbourhood Plan. This can nominate Manor
Gardens along with a many other much loved community spaces for this designation, and whilst
SHDC could still refuse to support this nomination, the final decision rests with the independent
Examiner. So if you are a resident please support the DNP when it is released for public consultation
this Summer and vote for it when there is a public referendum next year.
The Friends of Manor Gardens are moving forward with their plans to restore Manor Gardens to its
former glory and their plans and ambitions are, of course, very welcome. However until Manor
Gardens has full protection their work may all be in vain.