Time to embrace change in town

PUBLISHED: 13:42 21 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:20 10 June 2010

At present, I am a student studying away from Exmouth, but otherwise I have lived in the town for 20 years. I get the Journal delivered every week and have been able to follow the development debate in its entirety. Principally, I think it s time the peo

At present, I am a student studying away from Exmouth, but otherwise I have lived in the town for 20 years. I get the Journal delivered every week and have been able to follow the development debate in its entirety. Principally, I think it's time the people of Exmouth realised that development is essential if the town is to sustain and, to put it bluntly, survive. With the loss of Rolle College, the amount of young people and life in the town will have taken a severe hit, as it is. However, if any of these people are to be brought back, then development is compulsory to offer new life and employment opportunities. I recently read that 11,000 people were against proposed development. I seem to remember the population of the town being closer to 30,000? ASDA is generally a fantastic opportunity for the people of Exmouth. I've had the opportunity to shop at ASDA recently and they are a worthy brand that would be nothing but a credit to our town. I don't mean to sound like a salesman for the project, but, more specifically, ASDA could finally be the means for a required change to an area of the town that is currently an underdeveloped slum. Presently, the bus station and train station leave little to be desired and act as an unacceptable first impression and poor advertisement when arriving into the town. A striking fault with this area that no one seems to have picked up is the lack of a taxi rank near to the train station and bus station. Indeed, it is an undesirable, unsafe walk under the subway and via the stretch of amusements and KFC that are often littered with 'yobs' that is required to reach the nearest rank. Not the best for any confused tourists visiting for the first time. There has been much talk about the sports centre and how it needs to be maintained in its current situation. I don't necessarily agree with this - the facilities are poor for a town of our size and in need of updating. It's time to embrace change! Name and address withheld.

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