Some questions for ASDA...

PUBLISHED: 16:21 18 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 10 June 2010

Thank you for publishing the Asda plans (Journal, October 9). So this is what we have all been beating ourselves up about for the last few months a sprawling collection of airship hangars 80 foot high and surrounded by a vast expanse of glass. I can

Thank you for publishing the "Asda plans" (Journal, October 9). So this is what we have all been beating ourselves up about for the last few months - a sprawling collection of airship hangars 80 foot high and surrounded by a vast expanse of glass. I cannot believe that those who claim to represent our views - but do not bother to find out what they are - can find any merit in this design. Beside these massive structures, the Budleigh Longboat Cafe "carbuncle" becomes a mere "zit".I would like ASDA's Chris Marlow to answer the following questions through your columns: (a) Can we see sketches of the site from all angles, plus a three-dimensional scale model set in the surrounding landscape?(b) What would be the effect on the nearby underground sewage tanks of months of pile-driving activity?(c) How would pedestrians cross Marine Way?(d) How many individual person visits must be made in a year to make the superstore economic - is it 500,000 or one million or more?I would like to ask the Exmouth Regeneration Board (ERB) the following questions:(a) What is the estimated cost of this plan and all the ancillary charges?(b) What are the costs of alternative plans which were rejected by those who did not consult us?(c) The ERB represents us so why can't the minutes of meetings be published? We want to see how our representatives look after our interests.(d) Councillor Halse has said in public that he does not like an enlarged Tesco on the fringes of Honiton - so why does he like a similar scheme in Exmouth? (e) Most of the major supermarket chains are turning from large superstores to "convenience retailing" in town centres. The supermarket will soon be a thing of the past. This is what the ERB should be addressing to regenerate the town. Derek Farndon,(via email).

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