Where is evidence?
WE WRITE further to your leading article in the Dunmow Broadcast of January 17, 2008. We take issue with Uttlesford District Council (UDC) s premise that growth in the High Street is limited for significant retail floorspace. This supposes that significan
WE WRITE further to your leading article in the Dunmow Broadcast of January 17, 2008.
We take issue with Uttlesford District Council (UDC)'s premise that growth in the High Street is limited for significant retail floorspace. This supposes that significant floorspace is needed to serve Great Dunmow. On what has UDC based this premise?
We would argue that UDC should be looking to retain the historical, market town nature that currently exists and we agree with what Maggie Milne of Maggies Trinkets said in your article.
We are equally supportive of Mike Perry from Dunmow Chamber of Commerce and the stand they are taking.
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Whilst people do go to Chelmsford and Stortford for some shopping, it is to the typical urban conurbation stores that they go.
Dunmow can look to a prosperous future developing existing retail space, attracting not only local customers but also shoppers from further afield, who seek an experience meandering amongst
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small stores, boutiques,
inns and specialist outlets
in an historic atmosphere.
Anup Morzaria had it right when he said that policy should be based on sound evidence. Where is that evidence UDC?
Finally, we thought it most telling that you reported in the same edition of Essex County Council's criticism of the UDC core housing strategy, again due to lack of evidence to support the UDC plans.
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