Protecting Exe estuary site
PUBLISHED: 14:34 22 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:05 10 June 2010
C Goodall appears to have missed the point (readers' letters Why I shop at ASDA", November 13). Had he/she stopped to discuss the issues with the people on the Exmouth Citizens' Forum stall, they would have explained that the campaign is concerned o
C Goodall appears to have missed the point (readers' letters - "Why I shop at ASDA", November 13). Had he/she stopped to discuss the issues with the people on the Exmouth Citizens' Forum stall, they would have explained that the campaign is concerned only with any sort of inappropriate development on the Exe Estuary. It was never suggested ASDA should not come to Exmouth, only that it should not be built on the Exe estuary side. Apart from anything else, the site is on the wrong side of the busy A376 in relation to the town centre!As Keith Richardson clearly spells out in his letter in the same issue ("He just does not get it"), the consultants for the East Devon District Council 'Unlocking Exmouth' proposals made it clear the London Inn/Post Office yard/Jewsons/gasworks site "was the only site for a new supermarket in the town centre". The front page of the Journal for November 13 would appear to provide support for such a notion, indicating the town council have backed plans for a multi-storey car park on the existing London Inn car park, not for increased parking on the estuary side.Also your lead article "Exmouth the new Atlantis" suggests that were C Goodall's favourite supermarket to be built on the estuary side as proposed, it would be subject to increasing risk of flooding.Incidentally, C Goodall must be an exceptional shopper to shop both in ASDA and Newton Abbot town centre. Local traders there are so worried about their drop in trade that Teignbridge council is thinking of introducing 'happy hour' free parking to encourage motorists to shop in the centre (see Plymouth Herald, July 18, 2008). Could this be because there is a Tesco, Sainsbury's and ASDA all on the fringes of Newton Abbot? Roderick Gill,12 Bicton Place, Exmouth.