Chamber chair concerned over Honiton high street

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 August 2016 | UPDATED: 08:40 17 August 2016

Chairman of the Honiton Chamber of Commerce Tony McCollum pictured on Honiton High Street. Ref mhh 31-16SH 4812. Picture: Simon Horn.

Chairman of the Honiton Chamber of Commerce Tony McCollum pictured on Honiton High Street. Ref mhh 31-16SH 4812. Picture: Simon Horn.

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The chairman of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce has voiced his concerns over the state of Honiton’s high street.

Tony McCollum says that the town has been left with a ‘saturated high street’ after several independent traders packed up and left.

He believes Honiton Town Council should be handed more control to choose which businesses set up shop in Honiton.

“I can’t speak on behalf of the council, but if we are not careful, our high street will end up looking like any other town’s in the country,” Mr McCollum said.

“We want to be known for our individual traders – we don’t want a high street full of multi-national names.

“The town council should be given some jurisdiction on what businesses set up shop in the town. The right companies can give Honiton its needed footfall. We want something different to add to what we have already got, which will bring something different to the town.

“People are not going to Honiton for coffee or to visit a charity shop.

“The town has a history of selling antiques, and even that title is starting to fade as several companies have left since the start of this year.

“Honiton needs to maintain its reputation for providing a good shopping experience. We still are at the moment, but I’m concerned that it’s getting watered down as more and more businesses are moving away.”

Mr McCollum will be discussing his concerns with the chamber in a future meeting to see how the organisation can promote the town and bring in more independent traders.

“We are here for all of the town, not just our members,” he said.

“If you have any concerns, feel free to get in touch with me directly on 07873 125935 or send an email to honitonchamber@gmail.com”


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