LETTER: Full of cake and coffee shops

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Walking around today in the centre of Eastbourne I found it sad to see classic, well-known (and well-liked) shops such as Gecko and others closing their doors for trading.

Losing independent shops like these is surely a cause for concern. In some ways I dread to think what will replace them.

Could it possibly be another café/eatery perhaps? I’m all for free enterprise, don’t get me wrong, but personally feel we are becoming a town full of cake and coffee shops.

I do wonder also what is going to take the place of BHS in the Arndale Centre. Is it just a matter of the major chains with all the money and legal teams taking over such places now? It certainly looks to me as though the days of the individual/boutique type shopping experience are numbered in our town, and I feel that the local council could do more with the rates for such shops, protecting them in some way from unreasonable price hikes for the good of Eastbourne.

Spencer Freeman

Eridge Road

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