Questions over ASDA drawings

PUBLISHED: 15:19 25 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:53 10 June 2010

A few things strike me about the release of the ASDA sketches (Journal, October 9). Firstly, without a ground plan to accompany them, they are nigh on impossible to evaluate to any useful degree. Secondly, what we were promised would be a striking visua

A few things strike me about the release of the ASDA sketches (Journal, October 9). Firstly, without a ground plan to accompany them, they are nigh on impossible to evaluate to any useful degree. Secondly, what we were promised would be a striking visual first impression to those entering the town centre appears to be nothing more than the usual massive blank Asda warehouse wall - but with baffles in front of it. I am also at a loss as to where the traffic using the present road alongside the estuary, for the rail car park etc, is going. The use of images of people is odd but no doubt purposeful - not a single one is pushing a shopping trolley. It is all just very nice young people socialising. Idealistic - but unreal! They do seem to have taken global warming into account, though, as the duck pond water levels have clearly risen substantially allowing fair sized sailing craft in! I have asked Chris Marlow from Asda why there was no ground plan and was told that the (oddly comprised) Exmouth Regeneration Board and CABE (The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) had requested changes. He would not say what the changes were or when we would see an amended plan.It strikes me that this is just another stage of spin from ASDA. I would far rather they explain to me why they think that a retailer with the catchphrase "Why pay more?" believes that any of their shoppers would bother using other retailers in the town. Their own study at Spennymoor (November 2004) suggests otherwise when one looks at the detail.There are better ways to improve our town and its facilities - but they will not necessarily involve selling public land and filling Sidmouth's coffers. The Lidl plan may be one way.Tim Todd,Kastri, Coleridge Close, Exmouth.

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