Let Tesco build, build, build

PUBLISHED: 15:02 28 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:32 15 June 2010

IT seems many people in East Devon and even Lyme Regis all agree we need a decent supermarket in the area, yet no one wants Tesco or their like on their doorstep.

IT seems many people in East Devon and even Lyme Regis all agree we need a decent supermarket in the area, yet no one wants Tesco or their like on their doorstep. Tesco want to build a bigger store in Honiton and anyone who has been shopping at their present store when they are busy can tell you that a larger store and indeed car park, is needed. So a solution, as I see it, is to get East Devon District Council to purchase a large amount of land somewhere midway between the various towns (many farmers going bankrupt will sell) where Tesco want to build and swap this land with them for the sites at Seaton, Honiton, etc. Tesco can build to their hearts content on an out of town site and a huge car park to cater for all the surrounding towns and even rent out a bit to other retailers. Don't say this would be too far out of town because I know loads of people travel all the way to Cribs Causeway to visit stores, many of which we can visit in Exeter or Torquay which are closer. Coach firms run trips there too, so they could run a bus service for their locals. And the council could build coucil houses in the Ottery Moor Lane site, sell the present Tesco store to Lidl leaving the Heathpark Service Station alone, because we will need more than one petrol station in the town it is ridiculous for anyone to say we only need one. With one, there would be no competition and they would be able to charge what they pleased for fuel. Seaton could retain the leisure facilities at the old holiday camp site and maybe the rest of the site could be turned into a tourist attraction maybe a permanant fair ground, cinema and a bowling alley. There is talk about regeneration of Seaton but the whole area needs to come out of the dark ages and stop being fuddy duddy. The trouble with this area is too many people who have holidayed here have come to retire here and want it to stay a sleepy, dead area just for them. If we are to keep our youngsters from going abroad or to other places to find work, we have to wake up the whole area and start doing things for us not just to suit the tourists.J A ShepardCourtenayHoniton


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