Thousands are against ASDA

PUBLISHED: 15:51 08 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 10 June 2010

I feel the need to write regarding the proposed superstore-led development on our beautiful Exe Estuary side. I have been an avid supporter of the Exmouth Citizens' Forum for the past four years and, along with many others, regularly attend the ECF tabl

I feel the need to write regarding the proposed superstore-led development on our beautiful Exe Estuary side. I have been an avid supporter of the Exmouth Citizens' Forum for the past four years and, along with many others, regularly attend the ECF table in the Magnolia Centre on a Saturday, between 10-2pm, to provide facts and advice on this issue and to inform people of our online petition:http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/saveourshoreline/We also provide a paper petition for those without internet access. During the past four years, I have personally witnessed thousands of people being strongly against a superstore on this site and can count on my fingers the ones who have been in favour. The people who do want a new supermarket in Exmouth have suggested a multitude of other preferred locations to build one and would rather see the estuary side sensitively enhanced with input from the local community. I have also noticed in your letters page over the years that the majority of your readers are also against these proposals and state well thought out concerns regarding environmental impact, traffic congestion, parking problems, the death of our local trade etc - the list goes on. In October alone you have 24 letters against and only five in favour. Therefore, I was a little confused at reading your front page headline on October 16: "The ASDA drawings - what our readers say." Eight out of the 10 people you interviewed seem happy with these initial sketches when, in fact, the proof in your letters page and the conversations I have had with the local people proves they are far from happy. There are many of us in the town who are extremely concerned about this 'Sword of Damocles' that is being dangled over our shoreline? Amanda Rivers,Exmouth.EDITOR'S NOTE: our reporters stopped 10 people randomly for a vox pop - these were the comments of the first 10 people to whom we spoke.

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