Towns need to band together

Madam,

I note the soil has finally been kicked into the hole around the Heanor sculpture.

It’s going to take a bit more than this to sort out market towns like Heanor.

The council leader was right in what he said last week in the News, there has to be a new approach.

It doesn’t matter how you cut it, everyone goes to supermarkets nowadays and does most of their shopping there. Not just for food too, we go for everything – televisions, fridges, freezers, iPods, CDs, clothes and so on. I could go on, the list is endless. They even do insurance and credit cards. In fact, I think you would be hard pressed to name something they don’t do.

So this means places like Heanor have to re-invent themselves if we are to have a town centre and they need to have a draw or a unique selling point to get people out of the supermarkets.

It’s not use just offering good service – people vote with their feet and want everything cheap and that’s what the big boys can offer.

It’s time for small shops and towns all over the country to band together and combine their buying power so they can offer things cheaper too.

P Yates

Langley Mill

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