Why no Marks and Spencer?

PUBLISHED: 11:46 13 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:11 10 June 2010

I really do have to chastise Mr Fairclough over his letters which keep saying a vote" was conducted and the persons who voted", voted" against the proposed Asda on The Exe. As another reader stated, this was not a vote", this was a petition. Now, unl

I really do have to chastise Mr Fairclough over his letters which keep saying a "vote" was conducted and the persons who "voted", "voted" against the proposed Asda on The Exe. As another reader stated, this was not a "vote", this was a petition. Now, unless Mr Fairclough visits all 32,000 persons in Exmouth and promotes an election, his vote is the result of a petition and will remain a petition. This "electorate" must also reside in Exmouth.I challenge Mr Fairclough to produce the "voting figures". How many, for example, were visitors and how many are actual Exmouth residents? Is Mr Fairclough actually saying that those who chose not to sign the petition have given up their rights? One can presume on the argument of Mr Fairclough that the silent majority chose not to sign because they want the development. In that case, the silent majority won.I wonder if Mr Fairclough has actually looked around Exmouth over the past few weeks - the closed and closing shops. The estate agents that are not selling have reduced staff, the banks are reducing their staff - and will no doubt shrink their staff over the coming months. Will the sacked staff thank Mr Fairclough when there are no other jobs to seek?That great bastion of Exeter and Devon, the Met Office, is now under threat from privatisation. How many jobs will be lost there, Mr Fairclough?Frankly, Exmouth, although having a certain attraction, is falling apart. The developments on the seafront have stopped and the shopping is dreadful. I refuse to shop at either of the larger shops in Exmouth and travel to Taunton, where the car parking is cheaper, or Torbay, where it is free, or Tiverton, where it was free, and where they have an excellent Marks and Spencer - in a town smaller than Exmouth. And there is an excellent supermarket where the petrol was cheaper. I have "voted" with my feet, Mr Fairclough, and will continue to do so until such times as the council in Exmouth actually begins to work for the people.Why hasn't the biggest town in Devon got a Marks and Spencer, a vibrant competitive retail premises that attracts all ages? Tiverton has, Honiton has...Go on, Mr Fairclough, protest about the planned closure of a disabled and nursing home which the council own.John Spencer White, (address supplied).


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