On­line shop­ping adds to pol­lu­tion

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Letters And Opinion -

Is Cllr David Hirst se­ri­ously sug­gest­ing that peo­ple should avoid shop­ping in Can­ter­bury city cen­tre and shop on­line in­stead [Let­ters, Fe­bru­ary 1]? Hun­dreds of jobs and dozens of small busi­nesses de­pend on our thriv­ing, bustling city and vis­it­ing the city cen­tre is a great ex­pe­ri­ence. On­line shop­ping threat­ens lo­cal em­ploy­ment and busi­nesses, suck­ing money out of our com­mu­nity.

Not only that but it seems very likely to me that all those on­line or­der de­liv­ery vans clock­ing up hun­dreds of miles criss­cross­ing our district add to pol­lu­tion and conges­tion rather than im­prove things.

Cllr Hirst also doesn’t ap­pre­ci­ate the im­por­tance of the bus sta­tion as a hub in­ter­change that makes jour­neys across the district and east Kent pos­si­ble for those with­out cars. And while I won’t de­fend Stage­coach’s po­si­tion as the near mo­nop­oly provider of bus ser­vices (a con­se­quence of bus dereg­u­la­tion) ad­vis­ing peo­ple to avoid us­ing these ser­vices will only add fur­ther to conges­tion, re­duce mo­bil­ity and harm our lo­cal econ­omy. Tom Hop­kins, Bushy Hill Road, West­bere

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