Council backs petition to save M&S

PUBLISHED: 07:38 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:52 15 June 2010

HONITON Town Council has agreed to support a petition against the proposed closure of Marks and Spencer's Simply Food outlet in Lace Walk and is appealing for protest organisers to get in touch.

HONITON Town Council has agreed to support a petition against the proposed closure of Marks and Spencer's Simply Food outlet in Lace Walk and is appealing for protest organisers to get in touch.Two women were seen collecting signatures outside the store last Saturday.Councillors are happy for petition sheets to be available to sign in the council's New Street office.As Sara Randall Johnson, leader of East Devon District Council, sought a meeting with M&S directors, town councillors were expressing their sadness over plans to close the store.Cllr Vivienne Ash, deputy mayor, on Monday described the previous week as a "momentous" one for Honiton. "It is sad news and a great shame for the town," she said.Town and district councillor Peter Halse questioned M&S's decision to abandon Honiton, asking: "Why is it that we've got Lidl, Aldi and Sainsbury's talking about coming to Honiton?" Cllr Vernon Whitlock said Honiton should put up a fight to save the quality store.He successfully proposed that the council supports the efforts of EDDC and the petition organisers.Who is leading the petition? Call the Herald on (01392) 888488.n Turn to page 7 for more on this story.


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