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Move with times
7:00pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Letters
IN the 12 years since we moved to Ledbury, several shops such as Rodways and Eagers have closed together with basic clothing shops such as Seconds Ahead.
Now, if you need underwear, socks, reasonably priced casual clothes or for families, children’s clothes you need to travel into Hereford or Worcester or buy online.
Homebase is an underused asset as it stands in isolation on the industrial estate near New Mills. A great chance to further develop this area was lost with the demise of the Sainsbury’s planning proposal. The argument that this store would be “out of town” was risible as we who live here know that it takes 15 minutes to walk into town.
Now, to the prospective plan for Lawnside. Apart from looking incongruous in this small town with many historic buildings, the problem of access has been ignored.
Anyone approaching the town from Bye Street knows that the road is narrow with parked vehicles making negotiating this road very difficult.
The prospect of much of the recreation ground being swallowed up and the cost of digging down for an underground carpark makes these plans monumentally foolish.
Leave the recreation ground alone and develop this part of town.
We on the New Mills Estate have an inadequate bus service and no shops.
I for one would continue to support the butchers and greengrocers in town.
The other shops in the High Street offer little for day to day and basic clothing requirements.
At present I know many Ledbury people go to Malvern or Hereford for their main shop.
If a large store were here, it would pay in to the local economy.
Come on, Ledbury, stop listening to the local dinosaurs and move in to the 21st century!
M BELL Ledbury
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