Don't miss a story sign up to Exmouth Journal's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Future is black?

07:00 09 February 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.

Yvonne Wardrop.

Via email

0 comments

Other News Stories

Powderham Castle

Police are urging festival goers to make personal safety a number one priority ahead of Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

Read more
18:31
Sidmouth Steppers at Powderham Castle. Picutre: Kyle Baker.

Sidmouth Steppers were made very welcome recently at Powderham Castle, where they danced in the courtyard under blue skies and against a fantastic backdrop.

Read more
Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing for help to find David Cauldwell.

Police searching for a missing man with Sidmouth connections have found two bodies in an area of Petitor Woods in Torquay.

Read more
12:30
Model house with design drawings

The floodgates will not open following the decision by the Planning Inspectorate to allow a care home to be built in Topsham, a city councillor believes.

Read more
06:30
Budleigh Salterton Public Hall. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exb 5404-10-12AW

Public hall: People in Budleigh Salterton are being urged to snap up tickets for a charity event.

Read more
Pamela Squire.

An Exmouth woman is warning others to be on their guard against potentially bogus companies.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30
(L-R) Stephen Berisford, MD of SJB foods with Adrian Pitts, Estates Surveyor from Clinton Devon Estates.

An East Devon business has relocated - just metres away - to new premises at Colaton Raleigh.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:11
Boating lakes at Exmouth Fun Park.

An Exmouth seafront tourist attraction has been given a stay of execution – but will close after next summer, it has been revealed.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:25
The Singing for Fun group meet in the hall alongside St Margarets church in Topsham every Tuesday 11am till 1pm and new members are welcome. Ref ext 21-16SH 6109. Picture: Simon Horn.

Video and Picture

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00
Election 2015

The date for the referendum for whether Britain stays in the European Union is Thursday, June 23.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications