Bypass effect

SIR – I refer to the article headed Bypass is hitting high street trade that appeared on July 27. Councillor Knighton reputedly stated that only 3 - 4 per cent of the 22,000 cars per day that passed through the town centre stopped to purchase something fr

SIR - I refer to the article headed Bypass is hitting high street trade that appeared on July 27. Councillor Knighton reputedly stated that only 3 - 4 per cent of the 22,000 cars per day that passed through the town centre stopped to purchase something from the local shops prior to the opening of the bypass.

This is the type of throw away comment that confirms to me that he really does not fully understand the impact that the loss of over 600 potential customers per day has had on my business. Most businesses within the town centre have been affected in some way by the bypass. Some have gained some have not. It is a sad fact that it is the end of an era in Baldock now that Truly Scrumptious has closed its doors. It will be the first time in over 50 years that there has not been a sweet shop in the town. I do agree with Councillor Knighton when he states that the town needs more specialist shops to attract residents and visitors.

JOHN AITKEN

Downlands


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