EDDC not in the 20th Century

PUBLISHED: 09:54 06 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:08 10 June 2010

Not that it matters much what I think (regarding the ASDA/estuaryside debate), but here it is anyway, Keith Richardson s letter and Mike Fairclough s were excellent. My contribution to the supermarket debate is to ask why it has gone down this route at

Not that it matters much what I think (regarding the ASDA/estuaryside debate), but here it is anyway, Keith Richardson's letter and Mike Fairclough's were excellent. My contribution to the supermarket debate is to ask why it has gone down this route at all. Hello, East Devon, are you there? The objective is to regenerate the town centre. Interestingly, East Devon District Council have, as a recorded priority (yes, I still have the minutes), the long-term economic viability of East Devon. You'd have thought the two went hand in glove.To meet the priority, East Devon and Exmouth have to attract, to put it simply, more cash coming into the district, from outside. I drew the attention of Exmouth's problems to national experts. They visited Exmouth twice. We had a third meeting at Okehampton. They met with me, Tereza Smith, Ron Mudge, Lionel Howell, Eddie Drinkhall and the late, great and much-loved Jim Shapter.East Devon also spent much of the taxpayers' money on consultants. They too agreed that the bottom line was that Exmouth needs something people will come into the district to visit or take part in. Something that people, all year round, will travel over one hour to come and enjoy, and stay here for the rest of the day - emptying their purses.The major tourist attraction, for which my group were applauded, by the consultants and East Devon's top planning officers, was as far removed from a supermarket as East Devon is from the 20th Century. Even further from the 21st.Brian Worts,18 Danby Terrace, Exmouth.


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