Good shops too

Good shops too

Good shops too

First published in Letters by

IN HIS letter of January 29, David Quarrie paints a very poor picture of Acomb.

I agree that many businesses have closed, but we still have some very good ones left, including chemists, travel agents, banks, florists, butchers and clothing shops, as well as a good supermarket and also a large free car park. If we are to keep these shops, we must use them. The more shops there are, the more others will be encouraged open up.

Acomb Alive has worked very hard with the council to improve the area. We had a wonderful display of Christmas trees on many of the buildings at Christmas and new seating has been installed.

If Mr Quarrie has any other good ideas on how to improve things, I am sure he would be very welcome to any of the Acomb Alive meetings.

Jennifer Summersgill, Odels, Front Street, Acomb, York.

 

• I READ with interest the letters from David Quarrie (January 29) and Sue Hunter (January 31), regarding the decline of Acomb.

Unfortunately it’s a vicious circle: traders won’t open shops in Acomb as its dirty and run down – and shoppers don’t visit as there are only a handful of decent shops left.

Perhaps if the shopkeepers took a bit of pride in their shop fronts it might go some way to making the street look better.

Despite their best efforts, Acomb Alive are failing. Yes the Christmas lights and trees in Green Lane did look pretty; it’s just a pity about the fish and chip papers and general rubbish in the gutters – and what’s the point of putting new benches on filthy, cracked pavements at the side of the road which has practically no surface left on it?

Like Mr Quarrie, I have also lived in Acomb all my life and like him I can see the decline which has been happening for a long time; but does the area have to look so filthy?

I suggest Acomb Alive take a walk down Bishopthorpe Road and have a look at the shops there because that’s how Acomb used to look years ago.

PM Batey, Gladstone Street, Acomb, York.

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11:07am Tue 4 Feb 14

Lunatic says...

Acomb may fare better if the people were a bit friendlier too. I don't go there anymore because pretty much the only shops I could venture into and not feel like I was greeted with disdain were Barnitts and Card Factory.

The place may be a bit tatty, but it's people who attract customers. Good customer service. Make people feel welcome, they're less likely to worry about the decor.

More events like ADAM Festival would help too. And if you could entice some buskers into the area, all the better!
Acomb may fare better if the people were a bit friendlier too. I don't go there anymore because pretty much the only shops I could venture into and not feel like I was greeted with disdain were Barnitts and Card Factory. The place may be a bit tatty, but it's people who attract customers. Good customer service. Make people feel welcome, they're less likely to worry about the decor. More events like ADAM Festival would help too. And if you could entice some buskers into the area, all the better! Lunatic
  • Score: 2

11:18am Tue 4 Feb 14

Dr Brian says...

The row of shops by the former Tip Top store are all empty because years ago someone in their wisdom decided to put up railings so people could not cross the road there resulting in no foot fall. Now the shops are closed the railings are gone. Typical barmy thinking by someone.
The row of shops by the former Tip Top store are all empty because years ago someone in their wisdom decided to put up railings so people could not cross the road there resulting in no foot fall. Now the shops are closed the railings are gone. Typical barmy thinking by someone. Dr Brian
  • Score: 4

6:37pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Red Star says...

There is a significant difference between the shops in Bishopthorpe Road and Acomb and that difference is money. The spending power of customers using the Bishopthorpe Road shops ( recently described by The Times as York's Notting Hill ) is not regrettably the same as those folks in Acomb .
It's a sad fact that until there is an increase in peoples disposable income, the Acomb shops will continue their decline.
There is a significant difference between the shops in Bishopthorpe Road and Acomb and that difference is money. The spending power of customers using the Bishopthorpe Road shops ( recently described by The Times as York's Notting Hill ) is not regrettably the same as those folks in Acomb . It's a sad fact that until there is an increase in peoples disposable income, the Acomb shops will continue their decline. Red Star
  • Score: 4

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