The ASDA drawings - what our readers say...
PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 10 June 2010
ASDA's release of four early stage drawings of its proposals for the redevelopment of the town's bus station and leisure centre site has sparked huge debate. The images show the proposed 40,000 sq ft supermarket, a new leisure centre, 20-30 residential u
ASDA's release of four early stage drawings of its proposals for the redevelopment of the town's bus station and leisure centre site has sparked huge debate.The images show the proposed 40,000 sq ft supermarket, a new leisure centre, 20-30 residential units and visitor centre.This week the Journal sought people's views. Kelly Farrow, 27, Whitman Close: "Bring it on! Exmouth needs it. I have been thinking about writing to the Journal because I am sick of people moaning. I regularly go to Newton Abbot's Asda."Marie Standen, 30, Holly Walk: "I go to Newton Abbot Asda once a month now. It's worth the petrol. I want Asda to come to Exmouth. The children's clothes are wonderful. It's good value."We have got to move on. We will still have a nice beach and the estuary will still be there."It will make the town look more prosperous."Vicki Herbert, 32, Churchill Road: "The town needs to be brought into modern times. I guarantee people who say they don't want it will be doing their shopping there after a few weeks."Natalie Beatty, 37, Elmfield Crescent: "It looks lovely. They are making the most of the estuary. Any supermarket has its downfalls - being on the estuary site with the pollution. My dad works at Asda in Somerset and the traffic pollution is terrible. It's the only Asda and people come from miles. In the summer the traffic here is nose to tail anyway without Asda."Ian Roberts, 42, Meadow View Road: "I think it will be a good thing. It will brighten up the place because it's a bit worn down. I don't think it will ruin the estuary site."If Asda was there, I would probably use it. My wife sometimes uses the Taunton store."Steve Causley, 40, Palm Close: "I like the idea that we are going to get a new swimming pool. The old one is useless. I don't think it will spoil the area because we have only got a poor lorry park there now. Tesco need competition."Andrew McGlynn, 36, Shakespeare Road: "It's a brilliant idea. It's going to bring Exmouth more in line with other towns. It needs something doing to it. I think it will generate business for the town. I don't think it will ruin the estuary site.Suzanne McCagh, 25, mum of two, Exeter Road, said: "I'm really happy Asda are coming. There is nowhere in this area to shop, only Tesco - and that's miles away and not cheap. The designs are okay."David Carey, 42, father of six, Windsor Square, said: "The sooner the store opens the better. The designs look really good. When you have six kids to feed, shopping isn't cheap. Asda will be walking distance - and that suits me."Pam Blake, shop owner, Exeter Road, said: "The plans for Asda on the estuary are a disgrace. It's going to have a huge impact on wildlife. And look at all the empty shops - more will be put out of business. It will kill the town."Pam Dunster, Brixington Drive, works in Dells. She said: "A town this size needs another supermarket. Tesco needs competition. But I don't think the estuary is the right place to put it.