PUBLISHED: 13:58 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:44 20 April 2010
I have just replied to East Devon District Council's letter, sent to residents of Honiton regarding the planning proposals for the new Tesco site. I have stated my views, but realise not everyone will write in response and failure to reply will be deemed
I have just replied to East Devon District Council's letter, sent to residents of Honiton regarding the planning proposals for the new Tesco site. I have stated my views, but realise not everyone will write in response and failure to reply will be deemed as 'no objection'! They may not reply, not because they do not object to the plans but perhaps because they do not have the time, resources or even realise that a written objection is invited. The letter from the council does not emphasise objections or otherwise are invited, it really only draws people's attention to where and when the new plans can be viewed. Your newspaper also mentions the public meeting to be held, but again only a select few will have the opportunity to give their views. The council says "we want to know your views" - so what is simpler than the good old democratic ballot? In my letter to the council I have requested that a simple YES/NO ballot paper be presented to all of Honiton's residents (the whys and wherefores seem irrelevant to the situation and can be argued ad infinitum). Whatever the outcome, the council can say it was a 'fair vote' and what the majority have voted for. This can be conducted either as a postal or local polling station exercise - surely it will give everyone a simple and easy way of registering their views. It seems such an obvious idea - have I missed something, has it been suggested and turned down for any justifiable reason? Marilyne Findlow The Lyndons Lake Close Honiton EDITOR'S NOTE: The Mayor of Honiton, Councillor Vernon Whitlock, ruled out a referendum at last Friday's public meeting. He said results of such an exercise would not be taken into account by EDDC.