Peter Davison writes:
Fareham town centre has several more shops lining up for closure.
Along with the previous losses of BHS, the flagship M&S and others, the town centre is becoming a ghost town of charity, coffee, pizza, phone and gambling shops.
Portchester town centre has lost its Co-op and further closures are likely. This has happened, and continues to happen under the Conservative led council which “proudly” but very mistakenly invests our money in out of town shopping areas.
Conservative led Hampshire County Council is hammering another nail into our town centres by threatening closure or shorter opening hours for our libraries.
We know that high street shops are having a hard time but our council has to take action to support and encourage them in the places where people live. Investing in out of town centres just encourages more travel and a bigger carbon footprint as well as accelerating the decline of the centres themselves.
Looking after our money is important. However, looking after our people, our communities and our environment is much more important.