Final nail in the coffin?

PUBLISHED: 02:01 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:30 15 June 2010

Seaton needs regeneration. Allowing Tesco to build a supermarket and petrol station would really be putting the final nail in the coffin and, perhaps, East Devon's final act of betrayal to Seaton. By doing this, all that will happen is an unsightly

Seaton needs regeneration. Allowing Tesco to build a supermarket and petrol station would really be putting the final nail in the coffin and, perhaps, East Devon's final act of betrayal to Seaton. By doing this, all that will happen is an unsightly industrial building that in 10 years will be the tired proverbial "carbuncle". People will drive straight to Tesco, fill up their store cupboards and their cars and drive away again - how will this help Seaton? It is so far away from town that it will never bring in the people to help regenerate this town, which so badly needs help. Do not, please, be misled by those people who say they would like a large supermarket and anything is better than nothing. We all manage very well at the moment and if Lyme Regis, Budleigh Salterton and Beer can manage without a large supermarket, why can't Seaton? All these places are so lovely to visit and consequently they do get their visitors. Supermarkets do nothing to enhance towns. Tourism is obviously our most important industry and this is where all efforts should be concentrated and provision in the form of accommodation and a vibrant town is what we need - a supermarket is not. The flood plain and marshes can be returned to nature and managed as a wetland reserve along with the rest of that area. The plans for the Riverside development, on the other hand, look on the face of it to be quite exciting and should be encouraged.Hilary ArnoldSeatonBy email


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