Every high street in the country has been hit by the recession in recent years and Banbury is no different.
The challenges facing our town’s stores – in particular the High Street and Old Town – have been well documented and debated within the pages of the Banbury Guardian.
The forthcoming development of Banbury Gateway and the extension of Castle Quay will bring exciting new stores and leisure opportunities to the town. They will also bring jobs and investment to the town. But, as has been debated for some time, they also bring the threat of drawing further trade from the centre of Banbury.
As many of you will know, the Banbury Guardian is also at the forefront of a campaign to introduce a minimum of two hours of free parking in Cherwell District Council-owned car parks ahead of the opening of the Gateway development and the extension of Castle Quay but – while remaining committed to pushing for free parking – the ‘Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local’ campaign is about much more than that.
Along with other Johnston Press-owned newspapers up and down the land, we are launching this campaign to encourage local people to spend local.
We are supporting this campaign to help breathe new life into our town centres and to encourage our readers to support independent traders and established retail stores in our towns.
‘Shop Local, Eat Local, Play Local’ is, purely and simply, about ensuring the Banbury pound stays in Banbury to give our town centre and our traders a better, brighter future.
The same applies to Brackley, Chipping Norton or Shipston-on-Stour.
Whichever Banburyshire town you live in, we are simply urging you to make an even stronger commitment to your town.
There are so many reasons to support local shops when compared to internet shopping or visiting distant shopping centres.
Firstly, obviously, it is on your doorstep – it costs less in time and money for you to shop local rather than make the trip to Oxford, Birmingham or Milton Keynes.
You are also guaranteed better customer service from stores managed or run by your friends and your neighbours who are working together to make our town centres a success.
And, finally, I believe that we each have a personal responsibility to support our town.
Busy town centres create jobs for local people; prosperous town centres have been proven to add value to house prices; and bustling town centres bring in more tourists to our region – creating further jobs, further income and further opportunity for growth!
It is almost a national hobby to knock your hometown, but step back for a second and consider not what Banbury doesn’t have, but what it does have!
Banbury has history and a canalside location. Banbury has a pedestrianised Old Town encompassing the Market Place, High Street, Parsons Street, Church Lane and White Lion Walk and Banbury has Castle Quay Shopping Centre offering choice from leading national brands.
Banbury has everything you need from a town.
Support us, in our campaign, to support Banbury!