I don't want to see town ruined

PUBLISHED: 16:26 18 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 10 June 2010

In response to some of your readers' comments of late about ASDA coming to Exmouth, there seems to be an underlying desire to build an ASDA store in the centre of Exmouth at any cost, disregarding the facts to the long-term damage this will do to the area

In response to some of your readers' comments of late about ASDA coming to Exmouth, there seems to be an underlying desire to build an ASDA store in the centre of Exmouth at any cost, disregarding the facts to the long-term damage this will do to the area and, in particular, to the town centre areas.There are few people who would not agree that the area of the current bus station and surrounding area needs changing for the better for all, but no one should rush headlong into agreeing to such a shopping development, with the library, sports centre, swimming pool and residential accommodation, without first being absolutely sure that this is what the majority of Exmouth residents want.We should not confuse the issue of whether the public wants ASDA to build in Exmouth, as a lot of people would like such a store. The central issue is should it be sited where it is proposed? Once the diggers move in and the building commences, Exmouth town centre will change fundamentally for decades to come.Like many other towns the size of Exmouth, we would like to see a new library, sports centre and swimming pool, but not at the expense of the existing town centre area of Exmouth becoming run down. Many businesses in and around the town centre survive now on a small margin of income - the building of such a supermarket on the bus station and surrounding area will be without doubt catastrophic to a lot of small and medium size businesses.Not that it means much these days to Exmouth and East Devon councillors but, as someone who has lived in this area all my 54 years, I do not wish to see Exmouth ruined by the rush to build such a large structure in such a prime location before it is thoroughly discussed and all the consequences ironed out. There are a lot of residents who are against this going ahead and councillors should take heed of them and not be so concerned by what ASDA will pay for at the expense of spoiling this area.Mr R Blyth,61 Normandy Close, Exmouth

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