Use local shops

TESCO, as a retail giant, would probably have no consideration or allegiance for the occupants of our town, or its small businesses.

Tesco is there to take trade away from local independent shopkeepers, and our council doesn’t seem to have a problem with that as they keep allowing it to happen.

I guess the reasoning is Tesco provides jobs, but what about the carnage that is left behind and the decline of the other businesses that also provided jobs until they found they couldn’t compete any more?

All you have to do is look at the shopping parades where there is a Tesco to see if they rejuvenate anything.

But we always have a choice.

If you are not happy about it, make sure you vote for councillors who care about this situation, and don’t shop locally at Tesco.

It really is that simple.

If you support the shops you want to see in your high street, they will continue to thrive.

We do still have excellent greengrocers, butchers, bakers, fishmongers, etc. – use them.

It is hoped that a Worthing Pound will be created and put into circulation sometime soon.

This will only be used by local shop-keepers, you won’t see Tesco accepting it.

Maybe once it is up and running, we will see a difference – for every Worthing Pound that is spent, that pound circulates between local businesses and doesn’t end up in the coffers of the likes of Tesco.

We need to change our buying habits and think consciously about who we choose to support.

Like changing any habit, it takes a while to shift our thinking, but once we have done so it becomes a new habit.

Consider shopping locally, please, with independent retailers, don’t let our shopping centres die or become even more of a deserted sea of empty shops.

Pauline Cory

Beechwood Avenue

Worthing