We must look af­ter small shops

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

IS the bor­ough coun­cil turn­ing Ash­ford into a ghost town? Re­tail­ers have had to en­dure the loss of busi­ness from the pro­longed agony of ring road al­ter­ations. The Fab­ric Ware­house has been ex­tra­dited from the pub­lic by the lack of road signs or the wrong road signs. One Mon­day you could reach it from the bus lane off the tank round­about, three days later all change, but the signs were still the same. But if you were com­ing from a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion you would see the new signs di­rect­ing you to ac­cess the re­tailer from the op­po­site di­rec­tion! The rest of the re­tail­ers in the town have also been try­ing to work from a build­ing site. ABC should be think­ing of the fu­ture of Ash­ford, es­pe­cially in the cur­rent cli­mate and be care­ful not to bank­rupt the small busi­nesses who make Ash­ford an in­di­vid­ual shop­ping cen­tre. Multi­na­tional re­tail­ers are in Ash­ford and more I be­lieve are planned. Out-price the small re­tailer and Ash­ford will be no dif­fer­ent from any other shop­ping cen­tre. How many empty re­tail­ers’ premises are there in Ash­ford now? E. Oliver, Ash­ford.

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