High Street: Mayor’s response

PUBLISHED: 14:16 13 March 2012

Mary Portas.

Mary Portas.

Archant

With reference to your article and letters regarding Honiton High Street.

Yes, I do think that Honiton has one of the best High Streets in Devon. I’m saying this not just because it’s my role as Mayor to promote the town, but because I believe it to be true.

One of the main attractions of the High Street is the number of independent, individual shops. We offer a shopping experience different to the High Streets of some of our major towns where you find the same chain stores.

Honiton is not only a market town serving its residents and surrounding parishes, but also a shopping destination with a thriving market but an ideal place to take a break.

Over the past few years, with the economic downtown, Honiton has bucked the trend with new shops opening and established business’s refurbishing. The town council, chamber of commerce, community college, library, Allhallows Museum, Thelma Hulbert Gallery and the district council all work together as a group to market the town and promote its shopping areas at every opportunity.

The promotion of our town as a shopping destination benefits everyone. We do have one of the best High Streets in Devon and I, for one, am going to keep shouting about it.

Cllr Vernon Whitlock

Honiton Town Mayor

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