Biased approach to ASDA...

PUBLISHED: 15:34 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:51 10 June 2010

I am increasingly concerned that the Journal is biased towards an estuary-side supermarket proposal. In the Journal of October 9, your three and a half page coverage of the estuary-side ASDA development plan does not acknowledge that a large proportion of

I am increasingly concerned that the Journal is biased towards an estuary-side supermarket proposal.In the Journal of October 9, your three and a half page coverage of the estuary-side ASDA development plan does not acknowledge that a large proportion of Exmouth people do not want the shoreline developed in this way, with a supermarket at its heart.On page seven of the same edition, you say ASDA plans 'tick a lot of the boxes - but will town buy-in?' Perhaps a more honest and unbiased headline would have been 'ASDA plans tick some of the boxes for some people, but many local people will be appalled that this development is still being considered'.When going for a swim last autumn, I met an elderly gentleman sitting in front of the pool, eating his lunch. He was wrapped up warm on a windy day. He said: "I love this place. I live in Exmouth town centre and often come here to eat my sandwich - the beauty and peace of this place - the wind in the trees - well, it's special isn't it?" He said it all.In a follow-up Journal, how about three and a half pages of colourful photographs of the beauty of the estuary shoreline that many local people want to preserve? Now that would be a treat to look forward to!Sheila Simm,'Tors', Littlemead Lane, Exmouth.EDITOR'S NOTE: readers are always welcome to share their opinions - simply look at the volume of letters we carry. On the subject of ASDA, it was decided to publish the drawings with no comments, other than those from the regeneration board. The idea was to allow people to make up their own minds without any outside influences. We certainly do not apologise for giving the long-awaited drawings such prominence.


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