Empty shops are hurting Honiton, warns chamber of commerce chairman

PUBLISHED: 11:30 06 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:44 06 March 2015

Empty shops in Lace Walk, Honiton in 2012. This has been a problem for many years. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 7422-26-12TI

Empty shops in Lace Walk, Honiton in 2012. This has been a problem for many years. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 7422-26-12TI

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Colin Wright, chairman of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce, has concerns about the disused units in Lace Walk.

Empty shops in a popular precinct in Honiton are blighting the town with a negative image.

That is the warning from Colin Wright, chairman of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce, who has concerns over the disused units in Lace Walk.

The walkway has seen several retail outlets close in recent years.

And Mr Wright thinks something needs to be done soon to ensure Honiton’s shopping image is not tarnished further.

“It’s saddening to see,” Mr Wright said.

“It doesn’t do much for Honiton when you park up in the car park and just see empty shops. If I went to town and that was the first thing I saw, I would not be impressed. I am not happy with it.”

Mr Wright said that the chamber has taken steps to improve the sight, including putting boards over broken shop windows.

But now he is looking to track down the owner(s) of the units in an attempt to get them filled again.

“If anyone has any information, please contact me at your earliest convenience,” Mr Wright added.

“We will try to address the situation ready for the summer months.”

Those who can help should email colin.wright01@btinternet.com


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