We must look after small shops
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.