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David Miller of Bullinghope, Hereford, asks from where will shoppers come?
3:00pm Tuesday 1st May 2012 in Letters
From where will shoppers come?
COUNCILLOR Jarvis informs us that if the Edgar Street Development proceeds, an extra £165,000 per day will be spent in Hereford.
That is more than £50 million a year at a time of severe economic stringency with more than 50 empty shop premises and charity shops in the city centre alone. So where are these affluent shoppers with so much ready cash in their pockets and where are they shopping now?
This proposed development will be no magical Disneyworld Hereford but identical to other such developments throughout the country with windswept expanses of concrete and tarmac and the same shop fronts and merchandise to be found in every town.
British Land (the financier) and Stanhope (the developer) will of course be very happy indeed as they walk away with our £30m site.
Anyone attending that council cabinet meeting to learn all about this controversial developmen would have been very disappointed.
Coun Hubbard has been public spirited enough to release to the public a confidential report giving details of the proposals.
It is to be very much hoped that a cabinet member who was present will also be bold and public spirited and give us details of what was decided so we know what we will have to live with and pay for.
DAVID MILLER, Bullinghope, Hereford.