Ignoring decline of High Street

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Don’t the people advocating building new shops on Northgate read the papers or listen to the news? Shops are closing at alarming rate every week.

We are told that the high street as we know it is in decline. Yet some on the council seem to be ignoring this. At present Halifax seems to be bucking the trend of other towns in the area, we have very few empty properties but build more shops and it will take trade away from existing ones.

We have the right balance of shops in the town and I can’t see Debenham or John Lewis eager to come. We have the nicest Marks & Spencer in the area and I can’t see Primark bringing in people from other towns as they already have one.

So for goodness sake use common sense. Now is not the time to expand.

Audrey Stead

Northowram