We deserve to be in High Street

PUBLISHED: 01:01 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 15 June 2010

I had to respond to the comments made about High Street charity shops in Honiton. There is a mention of one charity moving its location to the High Street. That is us Honiton Cats' Protection. The shop we are taking over has been empty since Marc

I had to respond to the comments made about High Street charity shops in Honiton. There is a mention of one charity moving its location to the High Street. That is us - Honiton Cats' Protection. The shop we are taking over has been empty since March, 2004. There was a notice in the window all that time and no one wanted it. It just became shabbier. Surely, it is better for the town to have bright, cheerful, well-kept shops, charity or not, than empty, dilapidated shops?I do not believe that property prices has anything to do with their being so many charity shops, nor the decreased business rates. Many businesses fail to succeed in this town, they come and quickly go with great speed. Maybe, it is the town's folk who do not support the local shops. I would also make the point that Honiton Cats' Protections deserves to be in the High Street. All of our work is done in the EX14 area and every penny we earn is spent on cats in the local area. Unlike some of the national charities in our town, all the money earned stays in the town. We are all volunteers and no one, including our shop manager, is paid a salary. Last year we neutered and spayed 138 cats free and assisted financially with another 200-plus cats. We also pay for blood testing of farm cats to help keep our area free of Cat Leukaemia and cat AIDs. .We take in stray cats and abandoned cats and kittens and find them homes. Were it not for us, and the work we do, Honiton would be knee-deep in cats.I also recall, not so many years ago, a similar outcry about the number of antique shops in the town. That did not stop more antique shops setting up in Honiton. Lizzie ManleyCo-ordinatorCats' ProtectionHoniton branch

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