Tragedy to obstruct view

May I point out that many of your letter writers do not seem to appreciate that the Exmouth Citizens' Forum signs said 'No Asda on The Exe' not 'No ASDA'.

May I point out that many of your letter writers do not seem to appreciate that the Exmouth Citizens' Forum signs said 'No Asda on The Exe' - not 'No ASDA'. As I am one of the many who thought that building ASDA (or anything else) on the estuary site is a major mistake, may I thank all those who gave up their time to highlight the many reasons and madness of East Devon District Council in even considering this option.May I support Ann Prior's letter in the Journal on February 19 ('What's on your wish list?'). She offered ideas on some environmentally friendly developments for the estuary site which are not obstructive. The sight of the expanse of water and marine life on the estuary as you arrive in Exmouth is a beautiful thing - it would be a tragedy to obstruct that view with any permanent structures.Maybe some of those who seem so annoyed that ASDA is not going ahead on the estuary site should channel their anger towards EDDC for their inability to progress any other sites and options. Surely a site could have been found that would not have cost ASDA (or any other supermarket) so much in 'extras' and the deal would still be a viable business option and public opinion may have been more favourable with a less sensitive site.In fact, ASDA does operate stand-alone 'George' outlets, so EDDC could be progressing this option for us - and it could be sited in one of the vacated shops!Based on EDDC's laziness and waste of our money in this ASDA fiasco and their arrogance with regard to the appeal against the Boundary Committee decision, they certainly do not have my support in their continued existence. Let us hope that the funding for the proposed development of The Strand is used and managed sensibly in promoting the town for businesses, tourism and to the benefit of the local community.I trust my opinions are seen as being in the long-term interest of the town I love. Anybody who cares about Exmouth enough to write or take action should be appreciated, whether they live here or not and whether they were born and bred here or not!Claire Hazelwood,Exeter Road, Exmouth


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