Councillor
Peter J. Martin
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Bangor - Councillor Peter J. Martin

Your town centre needs you

Saturday 14th January 2012

We are all more than aware of the difficult situation in the town centre. The retail trad– ing figures from all over the UK mirror the painful picture that we are facing. Especially for the small independent trader the situation is especially dire.

We are all more than aware of the difficult situation in the town centre. The retail trading figures from all over the UK mirror the painful picture that we are facing. Especially for the small independent trader the situation is especially dire. As a Director of the Town Centre Management Board I carry some of the responsibility for the challenges we face in Bangor and I have asked for the next board meeting to be brought forward to discuss the current situation. I know that Stephen Dunlop the Town Centre Manager and his team are doing all they can in consultation with the Chamber of Commerce and the Council. The problem is not local, or regional, or national but global. 

The Eurozone continues to lurch from one crisis to another and the United States has an even higher unemployment rate than ours in the UK. Due to the desperate fact that people are losing their jobs, disposable income is shrinking and shoppers just do not have the money to buy goods of the same quality or quantity they once did – this explains some of our local situation. But the other very local factor we have to deal with is that some people are choosing not to shop in the Town Centre and in order to keep stores alive that’s exactly what we have to do. Whether it is a DVD, some meat from the local butchers or new clothes, we all have choices where to buy these goods. It would be my plea that when you can shop in the town centre – please do it. This supports our local economy and keeps business trading. Unfortunately the reality is that neither the Chamber of Commerce nor the TCM nor the Council have a magic wand to make global trading conditions change overnight, but we can all do our bit to help

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