Thursday 22 February 2018

Time to send SOS of our own -- before it's too late

A world of bland uniformity awaits us unless we mobilise to Save Our Shops, argues Lucinda O'Sullivan

Just as Mary 'Queen of Shops' Portas has been roped in to help the British government revive the flagging high streets and bring a bustle back to town centres, so too some Bridget Banrion of Boutiques is needed here to put a rocket under local authorities in this country before there are no small shops or businesses left to fund their rates and local charges.

However bad the high-street situation may be in the UK, it is even worse here. In my local area, you only have to see the main street in Dun Laoghaire with its long stretch of empty shops either side of McDonald's and Dunnes Stores. It is not today nor yesterday that the local traders pleaded with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to do something with the parking in the area -- they did! They appointed new traffic wardens, who seem to travel mainly in pairs like ravens, dressed like Herr Flick from 'Allo 'Allo.

You have to ask yourself, 'why do people head to the big shopping centres?' It is very simple -- because there is easy parking and everything is in one location.

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