BLUEPRINTS, dreams and a vision (who used to use that word a lot?) are nothing more than that. But when they are included in potential policies they take a step towards reality — albeit possibly a tiny step.
There was one part of the Tor Bay Harbour Authority Port Master Plan which certainly made interesting reading and will have the natives beating the war path if that path is ever followed.
I had a call from one concerned person who had just seen the section about Goodrington station and where its future may lie in the next couple of decades.
"I read it and thought oh (the second word is not for a family newspaper)," was my contact's reaction.
Said person was in a bit of a state because the report says the 'master plan process has identified as an option the potential to develop Goodrington station for intermodal rail freight transfer'.
I searched the internet for the meaning of intermodal freight transfer.
Here is what it said:
"Intermodal freight transport involves the transportation of freight in an intermodal container or vehicle, using multiple modes of transportation (rail, ship, and truck), without any handling of the freight itself when changing modes."
A rail freight depot for Goodrington? Containers?
Isn't this the place famed and much loved as one of the West Country's top tourism magnets?
A port at Goodrington? There was no actual mention of the word, but the masterplan report says: "The creation of rail transfer facilities aligned to the potential to exploit short sea shipping is supported at all policy tiers and the specific development of Goodrington station for rail transfer has been outlined in the Torbay Local Plan."
Shipping? Doesn't that need a port?
Rail freight, containers, shipping and a port at Goodrington? Isn't this the place renowned as a beach resort and key to Torbay's holiday industry and local economy?
The word 'port' wasn't used in as many words, but somebody somewhere has to detail exactly what the master plan is to allay any fears residents and the business community may have for the future.
Goodrington has huge potential to become bigger and better as a beach resort.
There have been several attempts at finding the right development for such a sensitive area. Who can remember the Rush and Tompkins plan many, many years ago?
Nigel Cousens, who once ran the Quaywest water park there, had a £100million regeneration dream up his sleeve few years ago which could have seen the water park and surrounding prime seafront complex totally transformed.
In the end he had a much-publicised spat with landlords Torbay Council and eventually handed back the keys to concentrate on his other businesses, including his pub and leisure operation at Dawlish Warren. Of the latest Goodrington plan, he says: "It is quite fascinating."
He adds: "It seems a bit strange that when smaller ports (you can't mention that word) are closing all over the country for marina developments we should consider that sort of thing down at a premier beach resort which is an asset to all of Torbay if tourism is to be one of its main objectives.
"Shipping is a real tough industry at the moment. It is a tough, tough industry because everything has gone to scales of quantity.
"To hell with carbon footprint, it is still cheaper to go to Bristol and bring it down by lorry.
"It is cuckoo land."
He walked away from Torbay in 2008 and says: "The economic climate was not right and the political climate was not right.
"I am happy now as I have ever been."
I would be the last person to stifle any development which would boost the local economy and create new jobs.
But Goodrington is tourism. Tourism is Goodrington.
And that's how it should stay.
Torbay has lost two of its real characters in the past couple of weeks.
The place just won't be the same without Rick Passmore and Roy Wheeler.
Rick will be best know as the horse and carriage man at Cockington.
And Roy was renowned — in the nicest possible way — as the rudest landlord in town having spent many years as mine host at the Crown and Sceptre pub in St Marychurch.
I had the pleasure of knowing both gents over a number of years.
I can look back fondly at the insults thrown at me by Mr W when my old Babbacombe Rangers football team used his pub for an after match drink (or three).
And I can remember Rick up there with the best of the old Hele village characters despite the fact that he was a Watcombe boy at heart.
Rick transported my daughter and her husband-to-be in his horse and carriage at her wedding.
It was a day made very special by special people, including Rick Passmore.
Here is to Roy and Rick. As I say, characters the like of which will never be replaced.