What do they do?

PUBLISHED: 10:48 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:51 15 June 2010

The recent debate about Tesco's relocating to Ottery Moor Lane and the negative effect this may have on our town's High Street, by damaging the income of our many diverse and vibrant small businesses, got me thinking! What do the town and district council

The recent debate about Tesco's relocating to Ottery Moor Lane and the negative effect this may have on our town's High Street, by damaging the income of our many diverse and vibrant small businesses, got me thinking! What do the town and district councils do to enhance our High Street and improve the trading conditions for these small businesses? Each year they increase the business rate to a point where only national companies or charity shops can afford it. Much has been said about charity shops recently, but we also notice that two betting shops now occupy prime sites in the High Street.They continually increase car parking charges. We now have some of the most expensive parking charges in the South West. The proposed construction of a community centre in Lace Walk car park beggars belief! During December each year (up to about two years ago) in the run-up to Christmas, parking was free from 2pm each day, which no doubt encouraged people to visit the High Street. Closure of public toilets. Do we really think this will encourage visitors to our town? The closure of the toilets in the car park in Dowell Street, used by coaches, was a major gaff. Do you think coach companies will stop for a break in Honiton at a car park with no toilets where elderly or disabled passengers need to walk some 500 metres to Lace Walk (across a busy car park) to the nearest public toilet? I don't think so.Last year the town council included £15,000 in the precept for Christmas lights. If the lights on display in December 2007 were the result, they must have got a pretty poor deal. James ShearerWoodhill View Honiton

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