Two schemes incompatible

PUBLISHED: 01:01 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:47 10 June 2010

It is nice to read correspondent Ian Woolger's enthusiasm for the Exe cycle path. It is the most imaginative scheme to have emerged since the pool and sports complex and, when completed, will provide greater walking and cycling possibilities than the Came

It is nice to read correspondent Ian Woolger's enthusiasm for the Exe cycle path. It is the most imaginative scheme to have emerged since the pool and sports complex and, when completed, will provide greater walking and cycling possibilities than the Camel Trail. The impact on Exmouth will be substantial and one can envisage year-round activity.The start/finish point will be the bus/railway station and, of course, this provides a superb hub for visitors, with parking and access for those using bus or train.There is also plenty of space to plan building for cycle hire. However, this is precisely the area that Asda-Wal-Mart want to build their 40,000 sq ft supermarket.The two schemes are incompatible, not least because traffic volume would be untenable. On the one hand we have a clunkingly unimaginative proposal from an organisation which has destroyed Small Town USA and would certainly do the same for Exmouth.On the other, we have a scheme perfectly in keeping with the spirit of the times, which underlines the attraction of Exmouth and is certain to bring people to the town to the benefit of the commercial sector.To prosper, Exmouth must play to its strengths, one of which is a relaxed lifestyle in beautiful surroundings. The track will add to its attraction. Contrast this with the drab uniformity of an Asda and it is clear that the store plan must be opposed. Andrew McAusland,Earlham House,Courtlands Lane,Exmouth.

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