Councillor leads fight to keep the High Street alive

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SHOPPERS risk losing their local shops and town centres if they turn to online shopping, a councillor has warned.

Cllr Christopher Peacock, who represents Westhoughton North and Chew Moor, said the public should use their local shops to save town centres from decline.

His plea follows news that entertainment store HMV has gone into administration and is at risk of closure.

Jessops has shut and Blockbuster and Bolton’s Body Shop have announced they are to close after becoming the latest victims of the recession, changing technology and new shopping habits.

Cllr Peacock said: “The news that HMV went into administration served as a reminder that there are no shops safe at the moment, and if we want to see them remain on our high streets we can only do one thing — shop in them.

“I am backing Bolton town centre. We have thousands of hard-working employees that work in shops, cafes, restaurants and offices in the town centre and we must support them by using our town centres more.

“We have a fantastic, award-winning market, a brilliant theatre, and a superb museum, art gallery and aquarium. There is a lot going on and I encourage everyone to go and see for themselves.”

He said shops like HMV and Jessops struggled because they lost business to the internet that can charge less due to tax loopholes and not having the costs of running a shop.

Cllr Peacock said he took the decision to shop and do his bit help save the town centre.

He said: “I choose to shop local in Bolton and Westhoughton rather than shop online, because I want to back our town centres.

“The more of us that do this, the better town centre businesses will do, and in turn the town centre benefits. It is simple market economics."

Cllr Peacock criticised the government following the latest disappointing economic figures. He said: “I do appreciate everyone has less money to spend. Times are hard and there is little light at the end of the tunnel considering the latest GDP figures. We need the government to realise that austerity is hurting and not working. They need to change course and need to do it now”. His call for support follows figures showing the UK economy shrank by 0.3 per cent in the last three months of 2012.

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9:28am Tue 29 Jan 13

oftbewildered2 says...

it all sounds very grand, but unfortunately my High Street shops do not stock what I need, so I have to go on line. They killed the High Street when they sold the Market Hall. End of story.
it all sounds very grand, but unfortunately my High Street shops do not stock what I need, so I have to go on line. They killed the High Street when they sold the Market Hall. End of story. oftbewildered2
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9:30am Tue 29 Jan 13

oftbewildered2 says...

PS to the above - I could not even buy pearl barley in my local shops recently. I had to go to a supermarket for it.
PS to the above - I could not even buy pearl barley in my local shops recently. I had to go to a supermarket for it. oftbewildered2
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10:53am Tue 29 Jan 13

Womble says...

You can buy pearl barley on the market.
You can buy pearl barley on the market. Womble
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3:24pm Tue 29 Jan 13

duffbikes says...

Bolton is most at risk from its councillors, it's time local MP's stepped in to listen to the derision of the townsfolk toward the denigration of their heritage.
Bolton is most at risk from its councillors, it's time local MP's stepped in to listen to the derision of the townsfolk toward the denigration of their heritage. duffbikes
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6:19pm Tue 29 Jan 13

steveG says...

This headline must win the award for most bizarre of the year so far.
This headline must win the award for most bizarre of the year so far. steveG
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11:43pm Tue 29 Jan 13

BoltonLancs says...

Cllr Christopher Peacock, you have been given an order...
And you sound like a pillock....
Cllr Christopher Peacock, you have been given an order... And you sound like a pillock.... BoltonLancs
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