Concerns over Tesco plan

PUBLISHED: 02:01 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:59 10 June 2010

Being near neighbours of Tesco at Salterton Road, Exmouth, and having endured several years of regular sleep disturbance caused by unsocial behaviour in the Tesco car park, my wife and I were keen to see the proposed expansion plans for the store. When i

Being near neighbours of Tesco at Salterton Road, Exmouth, and having endured several years of regular sleep disturbance caused by unsocial behaviour in the Tesco car park, my wife and I were keen to see the proposed expansion plans for the store.When inspecting visuals of the expansion plans, we noticed the residential houses, which border Tesco on three sides, had, in our opinion, been blended into the tree line and were barley visible. Also, part of the new development would obstruct our view to open fields and woodland. We also wondered why the Glenorchy Church was being demolished and re-built a few metres from its present site at a cost of many thousands of pounds?When mentioning these matters to Tesco representatives, we were informed the company wanted to be a good neighbour and would try to address any concerns, but that Tesco was in situ before we moved to the area. We felt this comment was unhelpful and would only serve to entrench us in our position of resistance to this scheme. Everyone is aware that Tesco intends to boost its vast profits by dominating the market and this project would be yet another nail in the coffin for local traders.It is hoped that local planners and Glenorchy Church Trustees will look closely at this proposed project and decide whether it is really needed and what impact it would have on Tesco's neighbours and town centre traders.David Gray,Madagascar Close, Exmouth.ASDA WILL BE BAD FOR TRADERSCouncillor Phillip Skinner (Journal, April 10) is entitled to express his views on the proposed ASDA development (despite not actually living in or representing Exmouth). However, I think he is missing the point in assuring us the supermarket will be within a short walk of the town centre. Most people, when visiting a supermarket, go by car. They then fill it up with bulk shopping and drive off. They are most unlikely to be motivated to walk round the town at the same time. ASDA will surely be bad news for local traders. But, apart from the possible effects on trade in the town centre, most of us living in Exmouth, I would think, are appalled at the thought of a massive development on our wonderful estuary. Mike Davey, 35 Marpool Crescent, Exmouth. SUPPORT OUR YOUNG PEOPLEI felt that, as a parent of a daughter who attends Centre Stage, I would like to write and thank Mrs Strover for her letter of support to the Journal last week.This fantastic organisation and all the members who attend put in such hard work and dedication to every rehearsal and show. Sadly, as The Dreaming was not a production as well known as some, the theatre was not always full. People of Exmouth, support these youngsters - they are the future. Mrs Julie Brown,7 Rowlstone Close, Exmouth.IT'S DOUBLE STANDARDS...I was puzzled by the furore which accompanied the application to open a lapdance club in Exmouth, in view of the fact that the recent showing, at The Pavilion, Exmouth, of the stage show The Full Monty, a crude celebration of male stripping, was followed by rave reviews, and culminated in (I quote the article of November 29 of the Journal) "the crowd (I suppose, with a strong majority of women - my comment) standing as one, cheering and clapping" as "the inevitable strip" took place. Wow! What joy!The Charity Ladies' night, also in Exmouth, on Saturday, April 26, glowingly advertised in both the Journal and the Exmouth Herald, page 2, will include male strippers - I quote the advertisement: "Ladies only!"Now a word somehow seems to come to mind. I wonder, could it be "double standards"?The Mayor of Exmouth, Joy Whipps, was apparently appalled at the plan for a lapdance club, and was quoted as saying: "It is encouraging promiscuous behaviour, which I can't support. I want Exmouth to be seen as a quality place to live and visit. It creates a recreational approach to sex, which is wrong, and we should be respecting young women and not exploiting them as sex objects."Now let me ask a question: isn't it just as degrading for men to expose themselves - even on the excuse that it is for charity? Don't they deserve just as much respect as women? By the way, I am also strongly against a lapdance nightclub in Exmouth, but I can't see why people should be blind to such glaring double standards. Name and address supplied.SUMMERLANDS: ACCESS WORRIESMuch mention has been made over previous weeks of the planning application for Summerlands, Budleigh Salterton, and I, as a near neighbour and resident of Cricketfield Lane, would like to add my comments.For the past five years, since we moved to Budleigh, as each planning application has arrived on our doorstep, my husband and I have raised the matter of access to this site. Summerlands is located at the bottom of Cricketfield Lane at its junction with Chapel Hill. Under item 5.16, the report of the agent for applicant Mr Bowen states that there are 'appropriate turning, loading and unloading facilities'. Yes, if and when the development is completed they may well be adequate, but no mention has been made as to how large delivery vehicles would gain access to and egress from the site to carry out the development without trespassing upon private property, ie the driveways to my and other people's homes.Chapel Hill is a narrow winding one-way lane with a width restriction of 6' 6" and it is impossible for large lorries to use Chapel Hill to exit Cricketfield Lane. Once a large lorry has entered Cricketfield Lane without turning around, they have no means of exit; and having driven to the proposed site there is not adequate space upon the public highway for large vehicles to turn around.When coaches visit the bowls and tennis club (which is located in a wider part of Cricketfield Lane), they almost always reverse into Cricketfield Lane from Upper Stoneborough Lane, and, although this is on an infrequent basis, it can cause access problems for other road users. It is not hard to imagine the chaos that would be caused if every lorry wishing to visit the Summerlands site had to reverse all the way from Upper Stoneborough Lane. We have been told that the highways department of Devon County Council raised no objections regarding access, even though, we understand, the person responsible for making this decision has never visited the site. Letters and requests to the highways department, asking for an on-site meeting to discuss this matter, are ignored. A further concern for many residents of Cricketfield Lane is that access for emergency vehicles would be frequently blocked by lorries. Lynne Wright, 3 Dial House, Budleigh Salterton.SPYING IS NOT THE ANSWERI deplore all forms of law breaking as much as anyone. But I fear more harm than good will come from encouraging one Budleigh Salterton neighbour to spy on another within a small community, except in the case of serious crime. I am reminded of the allegation made to the authorities a few years ago that a Salterton resident had taken pebbles from the beach. He hadn't, but it cost him dear to clear his name and caused anguish all around. A more constructive way forward, if a dog owner fails to pick up dog mess, is to point this out in a polite way at the time. Even the most responsible dog owner can be fallible. Frankly, anyone not close enough to do this is not in a position to be a reliable eyewitness. Mistaken allegations on the proposed Budleigh Salterton Town Council incident forms are, therefore, quite likely. So what's next on the list - parking infringements?David Daniel,Marine Parade, Budleigh Salterton.DOWN TO EDDC TO ENFORCEBUDLEIGH town councillors and residents who have witnessed the 20-year "Battle of Chapel Hill" were stunned by the news that Inspector Armstrong allowed the latest appeal by Mr and Mrs Bowen for Summerlands. Set against that, their application for costs has failed. The inspector wrote that East Devon District Council had "substantiated their objections" and "did not behave unreasonably". She concluded that an award of costs was not justified. Ronald Richards' immediate reaction a week ago (Journal, April 10) was probably shared by many - "a black day for Budleigh Salterton. I hope others will remember it should Councillor Roger Bowen (the owner of Summerlands) offer himself for re-election."Mike Crear's response (Journal, April 10) also started with shocked disbelief - until he read the stringent conditions imposed by the inspector. I agree with him that the devil is in the detail. Much depends on EDDC's capacity to enforce the conditions. EDDC's record of enforcement is not reassuring. For instance, conditions imposed on the development at Elvestone some five years ago appear to have been disregarded. At a public meeting in November 2004, Mr Karime Hassan was questioned repeatedly about EDDC's failure to enforce tree replacement on this prominent site. He promised a huge audience that past mistakes would not recur in the future. EDDC may be too short-staffed or under-funded to live up to Inspector Armstrong's expectations of enforcement. Until recently, there was only one tree officer. Mr Colman is now assisted by Mr Baker, and they inspect and determine all tree applications throughout the whole of East Devon. The two long-serving enforcement officers also cover the whole of East Devon. Should there be more of them and/or their authority strengthened? Mr and Mrs Bowen will need to overcome several hurdles (such as access for large vehicles) before building operations can start. The development must begin within three years. Full details of tree planting in the vicinity of the future dwelling have to be approved. The cob walls will need to be protected, or even strengthened, during the progress of the works. Root protection areas of all trees have to be approved in writing before any equipment, machinery and materials are brought onto the site. Details of surface drainage must be submitted before any development takes place. In the meantime, our three ward councillors (Ray Franklin, Steve Hall and Malcolm Florey) are likely to be under constant pressure to ensure that all the conditions imposed by the inspector are effectively enforced. Anita Jennings, Northview Road, Budleigh Salterton. THANK YOU, LYMPSTONEREGARDING your recent article "Village's best kept secret" about a surprise party in Lympstone for Daphne and Brian Ridge. What a wonderful surprise for the trust, too! Lympstone's secret party was also raising funds for our work supporting children and young people with ME - it's the stuff of dreams. And the Ceilidh band was a bonus, since I'm half-Irish! In the worst cases, children with ME are bedridden, in constant pain and may sometimes even have to be fed by tube. I visit Devon often. The people are so kind and generous, as this event goes to show. Thank you, Lympstone. Jane Colby, Executive Director,Young ME Sufferers' Trust.

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