Banbury traders have spoken of their disappointment following today’s (Tuesday) High Court ruling to allow the Banbury Gateway retail park to go ahead.
Many businesses on the High Street and in the Old Town have fought hard to try and bring people to the town centre to help boost the economy, and with the decision now made, many feel the multi-million pound project will have an effect on the town centre.
Malcolm Douglas, owner of Henry’s Menswear on the High Street, said: “The town centre is Banbury’s biggest employer for jobs and a lot of them will be lost because of this going ahead. If you talk to any traders in the town centre, many of them are unhappy with the development and are at the end of their tethers. I don’t understand the council’s decision to approve it.”
Barry Whitehouse, chairman of the Old Town Association and owner of The Artery Art Shop in White Lion Walk, said: “I am extremely shocked and disappointed with the decision, it is hard enough as it is trying to stabilise the town centre without free parking. This development will bring people out of the town and away from the High Street.”
More reaction in this week’s Banbury Guardian.