I'm glad that the town's high street is continuing to bustle and look busy, but I'm worried about the growing number of coffee shops and mobile phone outlets to be found there. If we don't have a decent, wide-ranging choice of shops to attract customers, that and the recent loss of free car parking for an hour, is bound to make even more shoppers take themselves elsewhere to places such as Bath, Bristol and Swindon.
I realise that I too have a role to play in all of this and have set myself a challenge for my Christmas shopping this year:
- No internet buying
- Shop locally, preferably in the centre of town
- Independent shops take preference over national chains
- I'll walk, not drive into town
Wish me luck in my quest!