Shopping gems in Exeter Road

PUBLISHED: 16:04 29 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:07 10 June 2010

I would like to respond to Mr R Pritchard's letter commenting about my poem a few weeks ago. The reason I mentioned the carrier bags was to illustrate the increase in litter a superstore will create. Wildlife does tend to eat rubbish, especially plastic,

I would like to respond to Mr R Pritchard's letter commenting about my poem a few weeks ago.The reason I mentioned the carrier bags was to illustrate the increase in litter a superstore will create. Wildlife does tend to eat rubbish, especially plastic, which has been proven, thus killing them.Windsurfers do not disturb the waders as they use water further out - waders always feed on the edge of the water or in the sand when the tide is out.Yes, there will be a big increase in traffic going back to Exeter after they had shopped only in ASDA!I doubt Mr Pritchard has discovered the gems of shops along Exeter Road; he would then not have to go to Exeter.Let's regenerate the London Inn car park to provide jobs, and keep the estuary side an open area for parents with their children to enjoy. Exmouth is a lovely town with family-run shops, selling everything as well as things you don't find in superstores. We need a food-only store to protect the family-run stores from closure.If an ASDA superstore is built on the estuary site, the town will die. I moved to Exmouth from a town where this happened and no-one believed it would happen until it did.Let's regenerate the London Inn car park/Jewson yard area into an indoor shopping area we are proud of, something visitors will return to Exmouth for. Let's not end up like Newton Abbot where nothing positive has happened.I feel the estuary area should be turned into a park area for everyone to enjoy for generations to come, a green oasis. Lidl will now provide competition for Tesco, so why do we need an ASDA as well? Most people would prefer Lidl where it is to be built; they will stop there, then pop into town later to get the things they do not sell, keeping the town alive, providing a positive future for all.J Gittings,Exmouth.

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