We need the jobs

Further to the article in the June 6 edition of the Gazette (“Developers shed more light on Anchorwood regeneration”) the people of Barnstaple and North Devon District Council should in my opinion welcome the above development with open arms.

We have suffered this eyesore for many years. First impressions are very important to visitors/ tourists and seeing Shaplands and the surrounding area would be very off-putting to say the least.

Lots of people moaned about the Tesco site, but look how busy it is. It has created healthy competition with Sainsbury’s, and I believe Asda will generate more benefits to the consumer as well as providing up to 800 new jobs along with the hotel, etc.

At this difficult time we need to generate as many jobs and bring prosperity to the community. In my opinion we need to catch up with Exeter, Bristol and Taunton – and then people might spend more money in Barnstaple.

Alan Phillips

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