Call to “seize the chance to take back the main street of Aber” | New
As the shopping streets reopened this week, calls are being made to breathe new life into Aberystwyth’s besieged main shopping thoroughfare.
Great Darkgate Street reopened with a slew of empty stores abandoned by big chains on Monday.
Retailers such as Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Clinton Cards, Edinburgh Woolen Mill, Clarks and M & Co have left the streets, leaving a large proportion of properties empty.
Now there are appeals for help in attracting local businesses to the streets.
Elin Jones, Plaid Cymru’s candidate for the Senedd, said local independent retailers should have the option to take over major retail outlets with financial assistance.
“It’s time to fundamentally rethink Aberystwyth’s Great Darkgate Street,” Ms. Jones said.
“The many large retailers are turning their backs on our city center and we must now refocus these large premises to make them more attractive and accessible to local independent businesses.
She added that without a rate this fiscal year now is a great opportunity to help local small businesses regain their place on Great Darkgate Street. “It’s the biggest street in town and has to be a star attraction in Ceredigion,” she said.
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