A decision not to be taken lightly
PUBLISHED: 07:05 30 May 2014
We have had many consultations and citizens' forums and council proposals since 2005, debating this new superstore.
Exmouth Citizens’ Forum even organised a referendum under the Local Government Act at that time, which was opposed by East Devon District Council. This showed opposition to any further building on the green field and sensitive estuary site. Mayor Humphreys stated he could not confirm whether it will be built as discussions are ongoing, but has said a lot of people want a supermarket and what it will bring to our town.
Yes, we do need more competition between Tesco and even the Co-op, but do all our public want to see a giant store selling everything that every small retailer in the town sells?
Do we want the giant lorries and car parking problems and the significant amount of traffic this will bring?
Please take a little time and look around the back of most supermarkets to see what an untidy state they become – and this one could be alongside what we all regard as mostly an lovely open aspect to the backdrop of the river Exe, which most visitors and birdwatchers enjoy.
Please have your different supermarkets so as to give us choice, but so they enhance what is old and ugly like the bus station area. Please do not build a large supermarket on green playing fields.
We know there are plenty who perhaps do not care for our open spaces or the small shops a superstore would affect, but we still have those who do care, so our mayor and those at EDDC must take this into their considerations when finely sorting out Exmouth town’s future.