Saturday, February 9, 2013
Big business rules? NOT OK.
After a week away braving the snows of Scotland, I find no greengrocer in town to supply one elderly lady with fresh fruit and veg.
Reluctantly I go to the big supermarket where so much is found in family-sized packs. There I find long queues at the cash-out tills because only 50 per cent are manned – staff cuts?
In a town where many people, young and old, live alone and only wish to purchase small quantities to avoid waste, our options are rapidly shrinking.
This situation highlights a growing problem. What is the future for town centres?
They will not be shopping centres unless traders can find niche markets and both rental and business rates are kept to a realistic level.
It may have started with the out-of-town big stores with free parking and feeder buses laid on, but with so much on-line buying and selling by the computer savvy, the future looks black for town shopkeepers and the singletons wishing to shop there.
To avoid finishing on a down note, I ask you all to join me in continuing to hassle the “big boys” and those planners seeking to regenerate Exmouth town centre in addition to the seafront. Remember, residents are here all the year round.