Online shopping adds to pollution
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