It’s great that people have been using the comments section of this blog to air their views, both for and against the proposed Tesco. That was the whole idea of this campaign: to try to conduct the consultation of public opinion that was unfortunately passed over by the local council.
However, can we please keep our discussion civil and polite, and refrain from writing personal and insulting remarks. Of course we all have different opinions and views on this highly complex issue, and trying to collate the many varying stances of the local community is obviously paramount to gaining a real understanding of how we should move forward, (which is why we are conducting the survey). But, getting into personal battles of ego using internet personas is just pointless, and discourages other people from getting involved.
What we need is constructive dialogue! Still don’t understand why we are opposed to Tesco opening their sixth store within a one mile radius? Then ask a question in the comments section in a polite and adult way, and no doubt someone will answer it in the same manner. Think we’ve got the wrong end of the stick completely? Then explain why in an objective way and be prepared to back up your views with evidence! We all have a lot to learn from one another, regardless of age or background!
We don’t have the time or people-power (yes, we all have jobs!) or indeed the inclination to “police” this site and remove offensive comments, so how about we just try to be civil, and ignore anything that is not written in a polite and constructive manner?