We need a better gateway

PUBLISHED: 15:01 28 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:14 10 June 2010

The planning approval by East Devon District Council for Lidl will provide welcome competition to Tesco.

The planning approval by East Devon District Council for Lidl will provide welcome competition to Tesco. It is to be hoped that encouragement will also be given to the Co-op, M&S, or similar food-only supermarkets to open in the town centre, where several substantial sites are available.

The county council consultation on the proposed Strand enhancement was extremely well done, but a more important area requiring attention is the entrance to Exmouth by the railway station. Exmouth is the western gateway to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, one of only 24 world class sites in the UK. What a responsibility we have to enhance the approach to this site for future generations.

The estuaryside also needs to reflect the world class status of the estuary designated for its importance to wildlife. Exmouth's position as a magnet for tourism needs to be developed, with consequent creation of more jobs.

Let us see a design by the councils to provide a welcome for visitors arriving by train, bus, car or cycle. A transport interchange with tourist and leisure facilities, with the visitor centre (for which the county has already provided half a million pounds), all supported by sensitive commercial development. Not a Walmart/Asda warehouse development, which is American, requiring profits to be syphoned back to America! What kind of impression would this give to visitors?

David and Margaret Ritchie,

(via email)


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