Tesco carwash plan not backed

09:11 22 February 2013

The Exmouth Tesco store on Salterton Road. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 8549-08-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.

The Exmouth Tesco store on Salterton Road. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 8549-08-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.

Archant

A TESCO-franchised car wash, proposed for the supermarket’s Salterton Road store, could add to congestion for shoppers it has been claimed.

And there are fears it could put independent car washes in Exmouth out of business.

Town councillors on Monday voted not to back plans to convert nine spaces in the existing car park into a hand car wash.

Instead they urged the supermarket giant to “hurry up” with plans – first mooted over five years ago – to extend the store by a third.

The plans call for a change of use of nine parking spaces to a hand car wash and valeting operation, including the erection of a canopy and office.

The spaces are to the left and at a right angle to the existing recycling depot, running parallel to the exit road from the store on to the Salterton Road.

Councillor Malcolm Mitchell said: “This would be adjacent with the recycling depot.

“The recycling area is already situated on the wrong side of the road and having a car wash next to it is going to exacerbate the problem and add to congestion.”

Tesco bosses say the plans would create “new and sustainable” economic growth in the area. The design statement also says it would have a “positive impact” on local jobs and create an estimated four full-time and four part-time jobs while adding to consumer choice.

But town councillors say the opposite – they say it would wreck existing businesses for the sake of expanding the Tesco empire.

Councillor Maddie Chapman said: “I object to this. There are car wash businesses in the town who are struggling and I don’t see why they should need a car wash.

“They are a superstore and there is no need for this.”

Councillor Richard Turner said: “Tesco are just trying to make inroads into this business and would prevent people from working in the town.”

The final decision will be made by district planners.

0 comments

Other News Stories

The new graffiti wall in Phear Park has started to be decorated . Ref exe 0456-25-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

A new graffiti wall in Phear Park has come under fire from residents since it was erected earlier this month.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:19

Police have issued the all-clear after suspicious packages found in Exeter city centre have been safely dealt with.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:27

Parts of Exeter city centre remain out of bounds after suspicious packages were found this morning (Monday).

Read more
Yesterday, 14:31
Exmouth Armed Forces Day. Ref exe 2368-27-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Pictures:

Read more
Yesterday, 12:40

Police are urging people not to drive into Exeter city centre while an investigation into two suspicious packages is ongoing.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
xia winning  a  5000 pound cheque and abrand new luxury house in manila

A five-year-old girl from Exmouth is becoming a major celebrity in the Philippines after winning a national televised competition.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30
Disgruntled Budleigh Salterton beach huts owners and users this week. Ref exb 1709-25-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Plans to auction off Budleigh’s beach huts to the highest bidder have been opposed by civic leaders, amid an outcry from hut owners.

Read more
Sunday, June 28, 2015
The Night Glow at Tiverton Balloon & Music Festival is a stunning spectacle.

The Tiverton Balloon and Music Festival 2015 is only two weeks away.

Read more
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Bernard Broadhurst and Amanda Taylor-Broadhurst from Exmouth are pictured at Exeter Quay. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 6506-25-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

An Exmouth couple are celebrating after again being selected to take on the best in the world at dragon boat racing.

Read more
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Deputy manager Tim Davies with a food order at the Exmouth Community Larder. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 4330-18-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.

Demand for the Exmouth Community Larder in the first half of this year has decreased from the same period in 2014.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 16°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition today E-edition



Exmouth's trusted business finder