ASDA's plan misunderstood

PUBLISHED: 14:37 04 October 2008 | UPDATED: 14:42 09 April 2010

Some of your correspondents who are in favour of an ASDA superstore on the estuary seem to have misunderstood what is envisaged. Yes, the bus station is run down and in need of refurbishment. However, we are not going to have a new bus station under the A

Some of your correspondents who are in favour of an ASDA superstore on the estuary seem to have misunderstood what is envisaged. Yes, the bus station is run down and in need of refurbishment. However, we are not going to have a new bus station under the ASDA proposal. The proposed superstore will stretch from the shoreline to The Strand pub and there will no longer be any room for a bus station. The bus station is superbly sited next to the railway station. It is served by eight bus routes and provides the overnight parking facility for the bus fleet. What is going to happen to the bus services is an unanswered question. Neither are we going to have an Olympic-sized swimming pool. ASDA will rebuild the swimming pool and the sports centre on a 'like for like' basis. How exactly all this, plus the extra car parking, will fit on the estuary site is another unanswered question. In answer to Graham Oldham's question, I am sure that most of those opposed to ASDA on The Exe are not opposed in principal to another supermarket in the town. A tasteful redevelopment of the Imperial Road roundabout and subway site to include a major food outlet would be welcomed, provided it did not encroach on the existing sport and swimming facilities. Apparently there were other offers from supermarket chains but, because of EDDC's secrecy policy, we were not allowed to know what these were. Finally, I have to agree with Brian Toye in wondering whether ASDA is really serious. Does ASDA really want to build a superstore at the end of the resulting traffic jam? Remember, up until now Exmouth has managed to remain free of traffic jams. Martin White, 70 Ashleigh Road, Exmouth.

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