OUR high streets have been the lifeblood of our communities for centuries. Whether it be it the historic, weekly farmer’s market to small independent shopkeepers, they have fed and clothed generations and sold the goods we need.
But times are changing.
Never before have our high streets in towns and villages been under so much pressure. Changing shopping habits –the rise of the supermarket and out-of-town malls to online purchasing have seen many well known businesses and small family-run ﬁrms go to the wall.
Many of these stores are not only historic, much loved, but ...