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Letter: Unite to save our declining stores

SIR – It was very encouraging to walk into Lymington on Monday 12th April to see the town full of people enjoying the chilly sunshine with shops open at last.

As we emerge from lockdown, we can only hope that our shops, pubs and restaurants recover quickly. It looked positive with a lot of activity particularly people braving the cold winds for a well anticipated cup of coffee or pint of beer.

Many pub gardens are now open
Many pub gardens are now open

However, should we be complacent? The decline of the high street was taking place well before Covid-19. Lymington is lucky. It is a popular destination especially in the summer months.

Of course, we commend the local campaign “Shop Local – Save Jobs”. It’s a great message. On the other hand, we need to think to the future: not just to “save” but to rejuvenate our town centre; to make it a dynamic community place.

The only way to achieve that is to pull together our local representatives to think creatively to counteract the march of internet shopping – perhaps it’s time for county, district and town councillors to work together alongside local interest groups to come up with some creative solutions. Before it is too late!

Jerry Weber,

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