ASDA stores are tasteless, ugly

PUBLISHED: 01:01 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:47 10 June 2010

I thoroughly agree with Mike Fairclough 'Concerns over the ASDA effect'. Apparently, our district councillors have decided that ASDA have made the best offer (bribe?) to redevelop our estuary site. What exactly and from whom were the other offers? Why d

I thoroughly agree with Mike Fairclough - 'Concerns over the ASDA effect'.Apparently, our district councillors have decided that ASDA have made the best offer (bribe?) to redevelop our estuary site. What exactly and from whom were the other offers? Why did this process take place behind closed doors?I believe that few of us would be opposed to the redevelopment of the Bus Station, Imperial Road roundabout and subway site, as long as this does not encroach on the existing sports centre and swimming pool. The Citizen's Forum and others have made some inspired suggestions.Incidentally, the swimming pool was built by public subscription and is currently undergoing a major refurbishment.Most of us, I am sure, would be delighted for such a development to include a quality food outlet. However, it has been made clear, both by petition signed by over 10,000 people and by a local referendum, that a clear majority of Exmothians do not want an ASDA superstore beside the estuary. ASDA is an American-owned multi-national conglomerate with a poor reputation for its treatment of its employees and its suppliers. An ASDA superstore would inevitably be detrimental to other businesses in our town centre. We should also be aware that ASDA buildings are tasteless, ugly and would blight our beautiful estuary.Martin White,70 Ashleigh Road, Exmouth.

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