Opponents raise their objections

PUBLISHED: 09:46 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:39 15 June 2010

P2926-46-08AW Tesco relocation Protest, protesters at Lace Walk Honiton waiting for bus to go to the Knowle council offices. Pic by Alex Walton

P2926-46-08AW Tesco relocation Protest, protesters at Lace Walk Honiton waiting for bus to go to the Knowle council offices. Pic by Alex Walton

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OPPOSITION to Tesco s plan to relocate to Ottery Moor Lane, Honiton, came from a raft of organisations in the town - from Honiton Town Council to Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

OPPOSITION to Tesco's plan to relocate to Ottery Moor Lane, Honiton, came from a raft of organisations in the town - from Honiton Town Council to Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry. But, ultimately, it was East Devon District Council that turned the proposal down.Town clerk Lyn Hargood was at the appeal hearing every day last week, supported by Councillor Roy Coombs who spoke on behalf of the town council.Ex-councillor Liz Tirard also addressed the inquiry, to lodge objections.Other individuals to speak against Tesco's plan included Ottery Moor Lane residents Mike Bonetta and Frank Horrell, Mike Aplin and his mother, Rose, Exeter Road resident Mabs Baker.The Aplins addressed the hearing in respect of plans to relocate manufacturing business Goonvean to Honiton Business Park, off Ottery Moor Lane.World famous Honiton Lace expert and Exeter road resident Pat Perryman also attended the hearing as an objector.Businesswoman Mandy Newman spoke on behalf of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Chairman Ralph Hibbert was unable to attend due to a hospital appointment.Honiton Town Council's five-page submission (published in full and available to view on the Herald's website) covered a number of issues including retail impact, loss of employment land, local traffic concerns and a proposed pedestrian/cycle route.Having considered Tesco's amended plans, the council said it was still opposed to the relocation but put forward a number of suggested conditions - in case the Inspector was minded to overturn East Devon District Council's decision to say 'no'. Full details are on the Herald's website.Mandy Newman, on behalf of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: "Edge of town supermarkets not only divert shoppers from the High Street but also lead to a massive dependence on car transport for shopping, restricting access to the elderly and those without cars. Three-quarters of supermarket customers travel by car and, when new stores open, they generate more traffic. In this case, we envisage nearer 100 per cent customers travelling by car as the proposed store is virtually inaccessible in any other way."Roughly one in 10 car journeys are to buy food, and it is estimated that CO2 emissions generated by shopper miles equal those generated by food freight within the UK and, in Honiton, it will mean all those now living within walking distance of the present Tesco will have to take their car."Mrs Newman's full statement is available to read on the Herald's website.Mabs Baker, who lives opposite the turning into Ottery Moor Lane, in Exeter Road, said: "Taken that these drawings are more-or-less complete, they represent plans for many serious accidents just waiting to happen. "This is especially true from our point of view and that of other residents who live on the south side of Exeter Road adjacent to the proposed new junction. "Joining either carriageway by vehicular means, or more poignantly crossing as a pedestrian, will be the same as entering a game of chance every time.


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