December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 4, 2013
A fourth Co-op in Exmouth could be on the cards despite concerns from residents, and councillors.
Town planners have recommended that plans to turn Staddons Garage, at 190B Exeter Road, into a 3,014sq ft convenience store, be refused.
The Southern Co-operative Limited has applied to change the use of the car sales to retail including alterations and extensions to the existing building.
And despite the refusal by town planners, if rubberstamped by district planners, the store would be equivalent to a tenth of the size of the Tesco Superstore in Salterton Road.
The application has caused concern from residents and Dr Roger King said: “The noise invasion and impact on traffic will be appalling, with large lorries delivering up to five times per day if experience with other Co-operative shops is typical, blocking the road and causing havoc to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike.”
Andrew Perkin said: “Co-op does not need another store…this will put Hulham Road stores, Rivermead Avenue and Shell at risk.
“Will Co-op employ staff from these businesses if they are made redundant?
“I, for one, will not be setting up my new business in Exmouth with three Tesco stores and four Co-ops to compete with.
“This policy is sending Exmouth well and truly down the pan.”
Alfred Tarring said that the store would be next to the exit to his home: “We often have ‘near misses’ with cars coming out of the garage opposite.
“Traffic from this proposed business will be substantial and will make the situation considerably more dangerous.”
District councillor for the area Jill Elson agreed and said: “There are highways issues in that the accesses already in place on this site are almost directly opposite those of the Shell Garage and this causes traffic hazards.
“The A376 is a very busy road. The highway issues need to be investigated.
“The Hulham Road Stores is a local shop….and has been in existence for more than 40 years.
“This Co-op will be detrimental to this shop. The report does not mention the Rivermead Stores and Post Office, only Withycombe shops.”
Town councillor Pauline Stott said: “I do not think that it should have a change of use to a supermarket as that part of the road is very dangerous with lots of accidents happening at this very spot.”