'Save our M&S' petition gathers momentum

PUBLISHED: 07:35 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:55 15 June 2010

TRADERS and residents have rallied to support a petition to save Honiton's Simply Food store.

TRADERS and residents have rallied to support a petition to save Honiton's Simply Food store.The Marks and Spencer outlet, in Lace Walk, has been earmarked for closure as part of a national cost-cutting exercise by the quality retailer.Petition sheets are now available to sign in shops.Beauchamp Place and Swaggers shoe shop were among the first to respond to news of the petition, revealed in last week's Herald.Staff at this newspaper were inundated with calls from readers, who wanted to sign the petition.A master copy of the petition sheet is available from Yvonne's hairdressing salon, in Dorset Place. Businessman Anthony Dimond, of A Dimond and Co, has agreed to photocopy the document free-of-charge.Marks and Spencer customer Audrey Cole was one of those to launch the petition, which has the backing of Honiton Town Council and members of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry.Town clerk Lyn Hargood has written to M&S, pointing out its Lace Walk store was mentioned in a planning inspector's report - explaining the reasons why Tesco's appeal for a larger store, in Ottery Moor Lane, was dismissed. Councillor Vivienne Ash, acting chairman of Honiton Town Council, has confirmed the petition to save M&S can also be signed at the council's offices in New Street. The office is open between 10am and 1pm, Monday to Friday.Businesswoman Yvonne Case said last Friday customers at her hair salon had filled in three petition sheets.n Completed sheets should be taken to Honiton Town Council's offices before noon on Monday, January 26.

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