Many of us will be aware of local shops closing in our area(s). A combination of high rents, rates, and competition from Supermarkets (especially their ‘Extra’ outlets) have taken their toll. They are replaced by betting or charity shops, takeaways, or simply left empty.
Most of us have little contact with neighbours, let alone those in nearby streets, spending most of our time in doors or travelling in cars. A high street or shopping parade therefore, plays a vital role in maintaining a ‘community spirit’, being a point of contact for a local community to meet and interact. Unfortunately the less the variety of shops the less likely people will actually shop in the area at all. For the elderly and infirm they are even more vital in providing them with their daily needs.
Central or Local Government have presided over this decline rather than fought it. Both could do an awful lot more via taxation and discounting, and introduce legislation to protect the balance of the shopping mix e.g. retail, leisure, charity etc. Ultimately however the only meaningful action to halt the decline is by shopping local. If a community use their existing local shop wherever possible, rather than a supermarket chain, they might survive.
The National Liberal Party is to launch a campaign on this ‘SHOP LOCAL’ theme at the beginning of May. We are producing leaflets and posters. We shall launch a week long period of leafleting and letters culminating in a nationwide Day of Action on May 4th
in local high streets. In the long term we intend to continue that campaign in certain areas to see if we can help turn around shopping habits. Do you want to be involved? Even an individual can hand out a few leaflets/posters in their local shopping parade. It is not difficult! If you are interested in taking part please contact us at email@example.com
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