Who would you like to see in Peach Place once the works are com­plete?

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS -

Last week, we re­vealed that the first let for Peach Place has been ap­proved, but Wok­ing­ham Bor­ough Coun­cil can’t say who it is yet due to com­mer­cial con­fi­den­tial­ity. On our Face­book page we asked what shops you’d like to see come in to the bor­ough. Here are a se­lec­tion of your replies:

NO MORE char­ity shops, Beauty sa­lons, nail bars, cof­fee shops, bars or restau­rants…

Could we ac­tu­ally have some proper shops … let’s try for some in­de­pen­dent traders that can of­fer va­ri­ety and a rea­son to go into town to mooch about and let’s make it whole fam­ily friendly! I of­ten used wan­der into town when walk­ing my pooch and there are some lovely re­tail­ers that al­ways make him wel­come while I browse so more like that would be lovely Natasha Ni­chols

Oh please let it be The White Com­pany! They work well in old mar­ket towns and since Brack­nell is

full of your typ­i­cal H&Ms, Next, etc let Wok­ing­ham have some bou­tique and in­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers.

It’s a shame Cara has closed down. Is that be­cause of road­works driv­ing busi­ness away? Or at least may be the cherry on the top of ru­in­ing a strug­gling busi­ness. Emma Loven­berry

In­de­pen­dent shops, maybe a deli or bak­ery? I doubt the in­de­pen­dents can af­ford to com­pete with the soul­less chains that fill ev­ery ho­mo­ge­neous town cen­tre. Juliet Sher­ratt I’d like to see no traf­fic in the cen­tre. Wok­ing­ham would be lovely if it was pedes­tri­anised and I’m sure it would en­cour­age more re­tail­ers and ob­vi­ously more shop­pers. Joy Luck

What the town needs and what the town gets is two dif­fer­ent things!... oh look an­other cof­fee shop, es­tate agents and char­ity shop, it’s a joke even ask­ing this ques­tion!!! Jo Robin­son

This town needs de­cent clothes shops (Hobbs, Reiss, Mint Vel­vet etc) and nice in­de­pen­dents that will give the town its char­ac­ter and make and shape the town for what it is....Putting sweat­shops and poor qual­ity prod­ucts in this town won’t. Juli­ette Bluhm

Dear Di­rec­tor of Cor­po­rate Ser­vices.... we are now in your hands.... Leave the ‘ev­ery high street has one’ chains for The Lex­i­con and let’s en­cour­age bou­tiques & in­de­pen­dents to sign and make this town unique again! Please!!!! TC Matkin Gibbs

A great cheese shop/deli, Whole Foods, in­de­pen­dent bak­ers, White Stuff, home in­te­ri­ors/gifts. But let’s not lose any more of the shops we al­ready have. WBC could have been more gen­er­ous with free park­ing!! Sheila Pick

The coun­cil need to stop charg­ing high rents and make the car parks cheaper if they want in­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers to sur­vive. Ruth Webb

A de­cent clothes shop for ba­bies through to adults, the works would also be a good shop to have too. Vicky Flow­ers

In­di­vid­ual busi­nesses. No na­tional chains. Some­thing dif­fer­ent to the “BOG” stan­dard town cen­tre! Tommy West

Oliver Bonas, Hut­tons, Lake­land, Bravis­simo/Pep­per­berry, Space NK, Joules Emma Peek McDon­alds and Ken­tucky Fried Chicken. John We­blin Cham­pagne + Fro­mage ... they have a few in Lon­don/Brix­ton/Green­wich Daniel Storms My son would ab­so­lutely love a JD sports. Mine would be a Next. Sarah Potts Wok­ing­ham should have a Pri­mark Sulie Moore

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