ASDA: time for public vote

PUBLISHED: 02:01 23 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:32 10 June 2010

would like to respond to the comments made by Carol Mulholland with regard to my letter in the Journal (July 31). It is kind of her to point out that polls are judged on the majority vote and not on groups that provide signed petitions. May I suggest the

would like to respond to the comments made by Carol Mulholland with regard to my letter in the Journal (July 31).It is kind of her to point out that polls are judged on the majority vote and not on groups that provide signed petitions. May I suggest the interested parties who will make the ultimate decision [about ASDA on the estuaryside - Editor] organise for each and every household within Exmouth and surrounding areas to have the opportunity to vote and show their preference - whether for or against. This would once and for all provide a complete picture as to the requirements and wishes of all Exmothians.I have some sympathy with Carol Mulholland and others who have suggested it is not an objection to Asda or any other supermarket but the proposed location.However, may I refer back to the original letter that appeared in the Journal on July 17 - "Time to embrace change in town". The young person pointed out that "presently the bus and train station leave little to be desired, and act as an unacceptable first impression and poor advertisement when arriving into the town. Asda could finally be the means for a required change to an area of the town that is currently an under developed slum".So if Asda decide not to develop on the proposed site, will the area remain the same? Who would then provide the funding for the improvements the town so desperately needs to attract both Exmothians and visitors alike. One way or another my concern remains the same; if Asda pull out, Exmouth will once again end up without a supermarket, in or out of town, to compete with both Tesco and Somerfield, which, in my opinion, is needed for reasons of choice, competitive price and reduced queues.So what about a public vote as we are in a democratic society? Mr G Bishop,Exmouth

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