Your letters on Tesco

PUBLISHED: 14:02 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:44 20 April 2010

Tesco have obviously gone to a lot of trouble to make their proposed development look good and to meet criticisms that have been made, which is admirable. Nevertheless, this seems to me to be a potentially disastrous future for Honiton. 1. They expect to

Tesco have obviously gone to a lot of trouble to make their proposed development look good and to meet criticisms that have been made, which is admirable. Nevertheless, this seems to me to be a potentially disastrous future for Honiton. 1. They expect to nearly double the volume of shopping traffic in the area, providing 500 parking spaces instead of 300 as now. 2. Deliveries will presumably increase in the same proportion. 3. I do not believe our infra-structure can cope with this. There are already traffic problems - notably in Dowell Street - which have not been resolved, plus everyday parking problems. 4. The Exeter Road, - the continuation of the High Street - is already crowded in rush hours and on Saturdays with the existing traffic flow and parking. The proposed roundabout may smooth the flow but it will not reduce the traffic. 5. Honiton is a market town with its own character. If a supermarket succeeds in sucking the local trade down the road and out of the town it soon won't be. Is this what we want? Margaret Mundie Fairfield Gardens Honiton What bothers me about this development is its probable effect on the town centre. Honiton has only just recovered from the impact of the existing Tesco store, which emptied a lot of High Street shops a few years ago. Some are still struggling even now. If a new supermarket is successful, Honiton risks becoming known as the Tesco Shopping Centre with a picturesque ancillary High Street containing a few estate agents, charity shops, antique dealers, a church or two, building societies, coffee shops and parking problems. I am very much against this. Polly Pitt Cypress Close Honiton I wish to object most strongly to the planned move of Tesco. There are very few people in and around Honiton who favour the Tesco new location. It is to be hoped that the councillors in Honiton and EDDC will bear in mind that many of those people either cannot write their objections or are too idle. It is also to be hoped that those councillors outside of the Honiton area will not interfere with the voting, which is strictly Honiton's problem, nor be influenced by financial incentives. The area planned for the move would create enormous traffic congestion in both directions. It would cause the trade collapse of many shops in Honiton because of the massive buying power of Tesco leaving very little competition. Honiton would become a most unattractive town with the ugly scene of shops boarded up and charity shops or estate agents the only ones left. The town would become a playground in the evenings for delinquents who would be able to walk into Tesco to top up their beer cans. I fail to see why Tesco could not expand where they are by building a second storey or using a part of the parking areas for an extension. D Gay Bramley Buckerell My faith in human nature is restored. The turn out for the Honiton anti-Tesco meeting (for that was what it was) at Mackarness Hall last week was phenomenal and unprecedented. There can be no doubt now as to the level of opposition to this outrageous application to relocate and expand the Tesco store. Vote after vote indicated that opposition on numerous grounds was solid and 100 per cent. EDDC has no legitimate reason to approve this application - numerous substantive, material reasons for rejecting this application have been raised. These are genuine planning matters which cannot be ignored or overridden - the most obvious ones being concerns over traffic, and its environmental spin-offs; the unacceptable local impact resulting from the relocation of Goonvean; and the economic impact on town centre retail stores. It has become obvious to me that Tesco has now become parasitic on the nation and is extending its tentacles across the world. Up to a threshold point, any business can be a net contributor to the economic activity of a community. Beyond that point, that business saps the life from the community. Several people attending the public meeting at Mackarness Hall referred to their experience in other towns where the arrival of Tesco - or other superstores - had resulted in the creation of ghost towns of charity shops, estate agents and boarded-up windows. We don't need any more evidence of the adverse effect of superstores- it has been staring us in the face now for 25 years. I would like us now to move on and focus on how we would like to see our towns. Most of us in my generation (50's), appreciate and value the benefits of many small, specialised retail outlets, within walking distance of our homes. Many of us travel long distances on holidays to enjoy the delights of thriving small town and village life. Britain used to be the same and there is the real prospect that, under the combined threats of Global Warming and Peak Oil, there will be powerful economic and social pressures to re-establish this infrastructure. There is no doubt in my mind that the days of superstores, like that of unrestricted car and air travel, are now numbered and applications such as this Tesco one, reflect the desperation of such multinational giants to extract the final profits from a failing system. We would therefore be wise to encourage our policy makers to adopt serious measures to encourage local, small scale enterprise, renewable energies etc appropriate to the coming fossil-free energy age. But this will only be achieved if, at the same time, the rapacious activities of multi-nationals are curtailed. PHIL FOGGITT Bridge Cottages, Feniton

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