Using stealth to get an ASDA

PUBLISHED: 02:01 23 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:32 10 June 2010

Those who favour the siting of a supermarket on The Exe estuary whether ASDA or some other multinational concern have so conceded the main argument that they have to resort to stealth in order to smuggle through their case. Hence, in the main article

Those who favour the siting of a supermarket on The Exe estuary - whether ASDA or some other multinational concern - have so conceded the main argument that they have to resort to stealth in order to smuggle through their case. Hence, in the main article of the Journal (July 24), it's not really a supermarket Exmouth is being urged to strive for, but state-of-the-art swimming facilities; these are to replace the 'inadequate' ones we have already. That we would also get an ASDA tagged on becomes a sort of incidental detail in the argumentThe Journal introduces us to a Mr Clarke, a Lifesavers' Society masters coach, who is reported as calling for a new, larger, 10-lane pool and various other ancillary goodies. Aside from the 'he would, wouldn't he' aspect of this, is the swimming and lifesaving expert really so restricted in his vision? Does he not see that his is the minor scheme that would only come to fruition if the major scheme - the ASDA project - goes through? There may be a case for improved swimming facilities but, frankly, I'd be happy sticking with the ones we already have if it means avoiding a 40,000 square foot supermarket development (about the same site as Exeter Cathedral) that will wreck forever the delicate environmental balance of the estuary, produce massive travel congestion (supermarkets don't carry much stock these days) and de-stabilise the already fragile retail set-up in Exmouth town centre.Nick Smart,6 Rolle Villas, Exmouth.

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