Questions over Tesco plans

PUBLISHED: 10:37 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:25 15 June 2010

REGARDING Tesco's proposals for Seaton... Will the 425 space car park be free all day, and available all day, so that people will be able to visit the town and beach? Why is this not made clear in writing? If infill has to be imported, there will be a m

REGARDING Tesco's proposals for Seaton... Will the 425 space car park be free all day, and available all day, so that people will be able to visit the town and beach? Why is this not made clear in writing?If infill has to be imported, there will be a massive, if not 100 per cent, coverage of your site with concrete. If this is built up, the water has to run somewhere. As the enormous central monsoon drain will have to have raised sloping concrete sides, how will those unlucky enough to be walking or cycling along it be able to get out? The monsoon drain is open at the back, onto the marshes end, and perilously close to proposed housing. What happens if the water, which will probably arrive at great speed, comes from the back to the front? This will happen if the river is high, it will flood back into the drain. Will there be a floodgate system? Who will operate it at short notice? Ninety per cent of the land involved is covered in grass or stones, and does not drain away. Even putting goal posts down at the holiday camp 40 to 50 years ago resulted in shingle and water at four feet. The water table has its own agenda. If the land is covered in concrete, the collected surface water will create flooding upriver to Axmouth, Colyford, Colyton and Axminster. It's simple maths. So who is accountable when this happens?Infill could be excavated from the site, as in the Seaton Eye, and a lake allowed to fill. What a brilliant attraction this would be. This could remove the need to import infill, and provide a boating and sporting facility which would cost you or a developer a whole lot less, both in terms of money and ill will.Surely Tesco, with it's need to sway the people of Seaton, would be wise to gift the swimming pool to the town, or keep and maintain it as a goodwill gesture. Can we presume that the damage done to the houses on the route to the site will be rectified by Tesco or the transport company responsible?If Sainsbury's come to Seaton, will Tesco not bother with the land they have bought, which now looks a bit of a white elephant? Or will they let the land go?Believe it or not, I like Tesco food and do shop there. Tesco coming to town isn't the problem. The land they have bought is quite simply nature's riverbank of the future. Who will want to buy houses they can't insure, sell or even float in?"Jackie O'ConnellMeadow RoadSeaton


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