Ian Waterside, of Highfield Drive, Kingsbridge, writes:

So the fossils at the South Hams Society want our lovely area to be a national park? Do they realise what this means?

Perhaps they should go and talk to those who live and work in national parks before they pursue this absurdity.

Learn from the folk of Widdicombe perhaps, about what it's like to have to deal with stonewalling faceless bureaucrats who treat the area as a personal fiefdom they must keep frozen in time?

Do they realise we would be ruled over by an equally faceless quango of government placemen. Yes, they are usually men, selected in London, not elected! We already have too many incomer busybodies trying to change things, do we need more?

A national park would bring tourists in ever greater numbers, clogging our summer streets. They will buy local homes at ever inflated prices then leave them empty for 10 months of the year. Dont take my word for it, ask those who live in Ambleside, Brecon, or Llanberis.

I'm no fan of the antics of our local elected politicians, awkward and inefficient as they are. But at least they are democratically elected and mostly local. Who elected the South Hams Society?

The bored and semi-retired need to go and find something useful to do instead of coming up with this kind of nonsense.

Perhaps finding out how we can provide sustainable sensibly priced housing for our young people for instance?

Now that is a society I could support.