Don't meddle with The Exe

PUBLISHED: 14:42 04 October 2008 | UPDATED: 14:42 09 April 2010

As a tourist visiting Exmouth over the summer, I was dismayed to read that an Asda supermarket is being planned on The Exe [side]. Whether Exmouth does or doesn t need a supermarket is frankly irrelevant - the key issue is that the area where this project

As a tourist visiting Exmouth over the summer, I was dismayed to read that an Asda supermarket is being planned on The Exe [side]. Whether Exmouth does or doesn't need a supermarket is frankly irrelevant - the key issue is that the area where this project is earmarked, on an area of outstanding natural beauty, must be preserved for generations to come. That means no supermarkets, no forecourt garages, no 'revamped' health centres - nothing. Economic arguments can always be made for increased development in any location, but I'm sure, in this instance, if Exmouth really must have another supermarket, an alternative location can be found. In the short-term, perhaps the credit crunch and impending recession will act as a silver lining, forcing Wal-Mart to pause in its tracks. I cannot believe it is the ideal time commercially to be rolling out thousands of square feet of retail space, as families watch every penny. But we should all be looking long-term anyway, thinking through the consequences of change. Please don't meddle with Exmouth's natural beauty. Dominic Eastfield, Dubai, UAE.

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