We cannot afford to stand still

PUBLISHED: 11:53 13 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:11 10 June 2010

RE: Shopping gems in Exeter Road, Journal letters December 4. Does Mr Gittings honestly believe that outside every store and superstore there is a pile of carrier bags? I have got to admit that I have seen several carrier bags flying around in the wind, d

RE: Shopping gems in Exeter Road, Journal letters December 4.Does Mr Gittings honestly believe that outside every store and superstore there is a pile of carrier bags? I have got to admit that I have seen several carrier bags flying around in the wind, discarded by their users, as are MacDonalds, KFC, fish and chip papers and numerous broken bottles. Wildlife does fall foul of rubbish but birds do not actually stand there and eat carrier bags. Plastic is swallowed and absorbed, through waste in sewage the authorities put down the river. It's not as simple as he states. ASDA will not cause one threat that is not already there.Does Mr Gittings actually go down to the river and watch the birds bobbing up and down all over the river especially when the tide is in? The wind-surfers put their kites and equipment together, but I'm not sure they do that in the middle of the river? I actually live on the Exeter Road, Mr Gittings, what gems are those? The Co-op, hairdressers, I use many of them, I buy my light bulbs in the electrical shop, because they are cheaper than Tesco.Do you go out to work Mr Gittings? Earning the small wages we get in Devon where every penny counts to pay all those bills which increase every month? A few measly pounds mean a lot to me. What are we regenerating the London Inn into? A three-storey car park is the latest idea to go along with all the other empty car parks.Newton Abbot is a wonderful little market town, where I actually lived for many years. It has become more attractive, richer, competitive, the cattle market and market are well worth a visit. Marks and Spencer and the many other shops in Newton Abbot are having to compete, rightly so.Who do you think you are dictating to - the people of Exmouth, that they should be happy with Lidl, a company owned abroad, where probably all the profits go? I want a Marks and Spencer, a Waitrose, Sainsbury's, ASDA and a Morrison's in this town, the largest town in Devon. We live in a beautiful county, I was born here. But to maintain the increasing population of Devon from elsewhere we cannot stand still can we? We have to provide jobs for those seeking work, then provide taxes for benefits for the unemployed and support the weak and needy.Exmouth, get a move on.Bob Pritchard, Exeter Road, Exmouth.


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