Character could be lost forever

PUBLISHED: 02:01 30 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 June 2010

I would like to reply to the recent letter from Chris Marlow of ASDA - don't ignore ASDA benefits" (Journal, June 5) Firstly, he says that the community is currently served by a large out -of-town supermarket which pulls people away from Exmouth's town

I would like to reply to the recent letter from Chris Marlow of ASDA - "don't ignore ASDA benefits" (Journal, June 5)Firstly, he says that "the community is currently served by a large out -of-town supermarket which pulls people away from Exmouth's town centre". Either he has forgotten Somerfield in the Magnolia Centre, or else he thinks this supermarket would be one of the first casualties of an Exmouth ASDA. His projected figure of "up to 350 new jobs for local people" would be reduced significantly therefore.Secondly, he does not mention the proposed expansion of Tesco and the proposed Lidl supermarket on the current Eurotech site, with a larger Eurotech built on another site. Both these proposals also offer new jobs for local people.Thirdly, he states that ASDA "will bring more people back into the town centre to do their main food shopping". In Honiton, Tesco has plans to relocate nearer to the town centre with a larger store. The outcry from local businesses and residents is almost audible in Exmouth. They believe that, within five years, the local shops would be killed off by the new Tesco, which would be as close to the town centre as an ASDA would be in Exmouth.Fourthly, he states that ASDA "will be easily accessible from the High Street, as well as public transport and car. "I think he means "town centre" not High Street but, more importantly, he has forgotten the pedestrians, many of whom are elderly, some of them infirm. How are they going to cross Marine Way? Will they be able to visit a first-floor library?Lastly, he mentions the word "park" only once. The size of the proposed ASDA (plus that of the proposed larger Tesco and Lidl) will surely require many customers from outside Exmouth to sustain its profitability. Traffic on Marine Way could double. In addition, parking must be found for buses, coaches, lorries, cars visiting the new sports centre, the new library and those vehicles bringing cyclists to the new cycle way.You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see the scale of these problems and the costs of solving them - which I trust ASDA would pay for, not the taxpayer. What little remains of Exmouth's character would be lost forever.Derek Farndon,17 Ivydale, Exmouth.

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