Exmouth needs an ASDA

PUBLISHED: 01:01 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:55 10 June 2010

There are certainly a number of views held about the proposed ASDA and the services that will be affected in the town, along with the possible impact to the shops locally. With regard to the services, there has to be a plan to maintain as a minimum curre

There are certainly a number of views held about the proposed ASDA and the services that will be affected in the town, along with the possible impact to the shops locally.With regard to the services, there has to be a plan to maintain as a minimum current service levels for public transport. With regard to the issue of competition for local shops, I thought we were part of a free market where competition was encouraged? As a business professional, I find frustrating the lack of things we actually do have in Exmouth, yet on the other hand it is quite comforting that we do not have to put up with the hustle and bustle of the 'big city' environment. However, we do have one situation that an ASDA would certainly address... the poor level of service provided by Tesco. After all, each and every visit to the store on the Salterton Road concludes with disappointment over lack of ability to purchase all you intended due to low stock levels and frustration over the wait at the tills due to lack of staff. I cannot remember an occasion in the last few months when I have not had cause for disappointment or heard various other moans and groans on the same topics. In my opinion, we actually need an ASDA so that service levels increase locally and, when the holiday season starts again, those families lucky enough to be working can actually shop at the end of the day or week successfully. M A Cherry,6 St Malo Close, Exmouth.RNLI: MINOR INCONVENIENCEThank you for publishing my letter expressing concerns about the operation of the proposed new lifeboat station.In the interests of fairness, I thought you may be interested to know I have received a detailed response to my questions from the RNLI, in which they state there will be no restrictions of access to Maer Rocks and the use of the water in that area. Whenever the boats go to sea, there will be a shore team whose sole job will be to ensure there is a safe route to the sea. This will involve asking beach users to temporarily move out of the way when equipment cannot manoeuvre around them. They state that training is usually conducted out of main beach hours and their experience is that most 'shouts' in Exmouth occur in the late afternoons or evenings, so inconvenience to beach users should be relatively minor.Reg Heath,39 Meadow View Road, Exmouth.SEARCHING FOR HIS OLD PALSMy family lived in Exeter during the blitz, when I was at Hele's School, then in Clyst St George and I moved to Exmouth Grammar School - overall 1941 to 1948. Now I am trying desperately to contact those I knew then. Some of them are no longer with us, alas, but perhaps there are still a few who remember their war-time school mates. After a lifetime of globe trotting, I am hoping to meet again some of those I once knew. A pupil of Exmouth Grammar School from 1942 to 1948, I shall be awaiting those who can make it to the RAFA premises, 33 Imperial Way, Exmouth, on Sunday, April 6, about noon. If you cannot come, please contact me, preferably by mail because I'm stone deaf. Bill Duxbury,1091 Grandvaux, Switzerland.duxalexandrouv@bluewin.chHIGH-SPEED FIREFIGHTEERSI would like to praise Budleigh Salterton firemen who, when I made a 999 call at 5.30am on Monday last week, were at the scene within five minutes. In that time they had to receive the shout, get up and dressed, get to the station and arrive at the scene. Samantha Barnard,3 Shortlands, Yettington.FOCUS ON OTHER THINGS FIRSTGareth Manson, Labour candidate for East Devon, questions East Devon District Council about the accountability and transparency of the Exmouth Regeneration Project Board. Will he be asking the same questions about such non-elected Governmental bodies as the Regional Development Association, the Regional Health Authority, and the Boundary Commission? These entities, it seems, have the power to make decisions which will have profound effects on the lives of local people, in matters ranging from the imposition of new housing targets, through the building of whole new towns, to the removal of exemplary health services to another hospital 50 miles away. They are, however, both unelected and far removed from any genuine influence by the people whose lives they will affect. Why does Mr Manson not start with those rather than the one on our doorstep which will at least be very much in the local public eye? Richard Giles, Kilntop, Lympstone.HOME-BASED TREATMENTWorld Kidney Day, on March 13 , rightfully highlighted the plight of the 8,000 people in the UK currently awaiting a transplant. But what happens to those thousands who are not transplanted due to organ shortage or individual medical history?There are thousands currently waiting for a kidney transplant, of whom less than 25 per cent will be lucky enough to receive one this year. There are 41,776 people in the UK receiving RRT according to the most recent Renal Registry Report. Although the majority of these will be eligible for a kidney transplant in the future, while they are waiting they have only two choices - hospital or home-based dialysis. Current health policy relating to the care of patients advocates delivering care closer to the patient's home. With current dialysis capacity issues and a focus on patient choice, shouldn't more patients be able to choose a home-based treatment?Stephanie Tod,Dialysis Options, The Gallery Floor, Kirkgate Arcade, Otley, Leeds.WHERE'S THE HARD EVIDENCE?Councillor Skinner (Journal letters, February 28) reveals the heart of the council's case when he writes "the bus depot site still offers the best prospect for convenience shopping, revitalising the town centre through linked trips and encouraging other comparison retailers to trade in Exmouth". This is surely pie in the sky. It is, as Dr Johnson said of second marriages, "the triumph of hope over experience".Where is the hard evidence for this? Can he give examples of where it has happened? Has the council sought an objective review of the effect on Newton Abbot? If, by some miracle, it succeeds, I believe Exmouth will enter the Guinness Book of Records for I think it will be the first time this has happened when a Walmart store has entered a town.Councillors have no monopoly in caring about Exmouth. Protestors also care deeply and recognise that, if this high-risk venture fails, the council will have sold Exmothians' birthright for a mess of pottage.I note that Councillor Skinner has faithfully followed ASDA/Walmart publicists in calling it the "bus depot site", which neatly sidesteps using the more sensitive "estuary site" term.The council needs to present proof more positive, backed by facts, rather than their pious hopes and ASDA-Walmart's bland assurances. If they get it wrong, one of Exmouth's greatest assets will be irreparably damaged.Arnold Page,86 Foxholes Hill, Exmouth.FISHERMEN TAKE CARE OF HOOKSHaving had over 62 years of most types of fishing in the River Exe and beyond, I can understand the concerns of Mark Gold and Sharon Howe on what appeared to be discarded fishing tackle, especially with hooks attached. However, it is more likely the tackle was lost fishing from the local pier, which was always known as 'Snag Alley', or on the many mooring chains in the river.In the past, I have personally found as many as 12 sets of traces, hooks and weights, all entangled in a mass of seaweed. Incidentally, this was at King's Lake, which is approximately half way between Exmouth and Lympstone, showing the power of the spring tides. Apart from the cost of replacing the tackle, I would say that no fisherman worth his or her salt would discard tackle in this way.B R Packer,Lening Court, Exmouth.

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