Wait, I Thought ‘Progress’ Was Good..?

Shoppers have condemned the number of empty shops in a city centre as “disgusting”.

So why exactly are you whinging about it?

Sherry Bentley comes from Seaford to shop in the city but said the alarming number of closed shops was “sad to see”.

The 78-year-old said: “Coming down London Road, what a disgusting advert for the city. It doesn’t attract people, all the empty shops put you off. I think the problem is they are trying to get rid of cash, everything is on cards.

Shops have cut their own throats by doing all this online business, they can’t have their cake and eat it.

“There has definitely got to be more done to drive people to the shops.”

Shopping is a choice, not something people should be forced to do! If people have decided that it’s easier to shop online, as I have, then that’s called ‘progress’.

Shopper Frank Hazel said there were several reasons for the number of empty stores, saying he had heard horror stories of high rents paid by shops and cafes in The Lanes area.”

Another reason to take your business off-line. Then the council isn’t soaking you for business rates that don’t contribute anything to your business. Who can blame them?

7 comments for “Wait, I Thought ‘Progress’ Was Good..?

  1. Ed P
    January 29, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Councils are parasitic and stifling High Streets with unreasonably high business rates. If only they would encourage small shops, instead of allowing out-of-town developments (with free parking, etc., etc.).
    So when all the High Street shops have closed, I presume they’ll bump up domestic rates to continue to support their plush offices and talking-shops – it’s rather unlikely they’ll downsize themselves to match the effects of their wanton destruction, isn’t it?

  2. john in cheshire
    January 29, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Maybe if councils started charging all those charity shops full business rates, they’d be able to reduce their charges to proper shops.

    • Mudplugger
      January 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      But the charities need those generous concessions in order to pay their Chief Execs such eye-watering salaries.

    • January 30, 2020 at 2:15 pm

      Agree with both John and Mudplugger 110%.

  3. Mona
    January 29, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Walk down any high st look above those shops so much empty space ready to be converted into homes, so many Solicitors, Estate Agents, Dentists operating from former residential properties, move them into shopping centers I’m sure it will increase footfall in these Towns

    • Andy5759
      January 30, 2020 at 1:02 pm

      Such a sensible suggestion Mona. Unfortunately local authorities don’t do sensible.

  4. Stonyground
    January 31, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    It is just change isn’t it? Change happens, sometimes for better sometimes for worse. Where is there a rule that a street with shops has to be a street with shops forever?

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