What a decline

What a decline

What a decline

First published in Letters by

I HAVE lived in or near Acomb for most of my 67 years and in all that time never have I seen the Acomb shops area looking as bad as it now does.

What was once a clean, thriving, varied area of quality shops is now run down, tatty, with uneven footpaths, numerous closed businesses, among litter, dog dirt and mess. Why has this happened? Why is the area mainly taken up with charity, betting and optical shops?

This area has lost chemists, travel agents, banks, florists, furniture shops, fishmongers, butchers, groceries, shoe shops, clothing shops, cycle shops, stationers and more. The library has been refurbished, Morrisons enlarged, the primary school become a café, but the toilets are grim, and nice comfortable places to sit and rest few and far between. How can this decline be halted and reversed?

David Quarrie, Lynden Way, Holgate, York.

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11:46am Wed 29 Jan 14

rking1977 says...

One word: supermarkets. In a generation's time, if not sooner, the UK will resemble the US, with no high streets or independent businesses but countless bland chain supermakets.

Unless we all use independent shops whenever possible, and unless UK planning policies protect high streets by restricting supermarket development (the current approach seems to do just the opposite) a lot more high streets will resemble Acomb, or disappear entirely.

Use em or lose em - it really is that simple.
One word: supermarkets. In a generation's time, if not sooner, the UK will resemble the US, with no high streets or independent businesses but countless bland chain supermakets. Unless we all use independent shops whenever possible, and unless UK planning policies protect high streets by restricting supermarket development (the current approach seems to do just the opposite) a lot more high streets will resemble Acomb, or disappear entirely. Use em or lose em - it really is that simple. rking1977
  • Score: 6

4:21pm Wed 29 Jan 14

inthesticks says...

I don`t know David, it really is a depressing place to walk round now. I went a couple of weeks ago and felt very low when I got back to my car having bought one item. I`m not exaggerating when I say I felt depressed by the experience. I really think there is very little there for me so, like countless other people, I will probably not bother trying to shop there again.
I don`t want to place a bet, don`t want to buy from charity shops and having glanced through the window of the cafe at the sad faces, don`t want to have a coffee there.
As the above commenter said, shops need business to survive and there are plenty of big houses along the side roads so one can only assume that those with money have not spent it locally. It`s declined over the last 10 to 15 years I think, so it definitely wont be anything that can be fixed in a short space of time, if ever.
I don`t know David, it really is a depressing place to walk round now. I went a couple of weeks ago and felt very low when I got back to my car having bought one item. I`m not exaggerating when I say I felt depressed by the experience. I really think there is very little there for me so, like countless other people, I will probably not bother trying to shop there again. I don`t want to place a bet, don`t want to buy from charity shops and having glanced through the window of the cafe at the sad faces, don`t want to have a coffee there. As the above commenter said, shops need business to survive and there are plenty of big houses along the side roads so one can only assume that those with money have not spent it locally. It`s declined over the last 10 to 15 years I think, so it definitely wont be anything that can be fixed in a short space of time, if ever. inthesticks
  • Score: 0

2:54am Thu 30 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

It's all about balance really... big name shops now like M&S, Morrisons, Asda, Sainsbury's, Tesco, WHSmith etc all started out as small operations... a single market stall, a small shop in some random town somewhere. They gave people what the people wanted and so gained more customers, as their customer base grew they then opened up more shops to serve more people... if everybody suddenly said "I'm not shopping at Morrisons but will instead go to John's Local Store", then John's Local Store would see profits skyrocket so the store owner then opens up either a second store or another store to serve more people - and because everybody has decided to shop there, the profits keep rolling in and so the buisness owner opens up a bigger store, then a bigger one, until "John's Local Store" has become a countrywide chain of massive supermarket-like outlets, and then everybody says "hey, John's Local Store is killing off local buisnesses in my area... I know, let's all buy our stuff from Jim's Corner Shop", and round the circle goes.
It's all about balance really... big name shops now like M&S, Morrisons, Asda, Sainsbury's, Tesco, WHSmith etc all started out as small operations... a single market stall, a small shop in some random town somewhere. They gave people what the people wanted and so gained more customers, as their customer base grew they then opened up more shops to serve more people... if everybody suddenly said "I'm not shopping at Morrisons but will instead go to John's Local Store", then John's Local Store would see profits skyrocket so the store owner then opens up either a second store or another store to serve more people - and because everybody has decided to shop there, the profits keep rolling in and so the buisness owner opens up a bigger store, then a bigger one, until "John's Local Store" has become a countrywide chain of massive supermarket-like outlets, and then everybody says "hey, John's Local Store is killing off local buisnesses in my area... I know, let's all buy our stuff from Jim's Corner Shop", and round the circle goes. Magicman!
  • Score: 1

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