Sad news indeed. We have often bought gifts from here and the owners have never been anything less than polite and helpful. This is just another loss to the independent trade in town; and this sector in general. Artico gone, Decorated Room gone, Michael's gone, Colin Sykes to retire although I see today that Hertford Interiors is about to open in Market Place where Charlottes used to be. In the words of Paul Simon Hertford's retail offer is slip, slipping away. But we all need to drink coffee.
But another prime retail unit gone. I remember a few years ago when the owners applied for permission to convert to a cafe. Refused. Now we have Slades next door turned into a cafe, Clintons now a restaurant, Coles a coffee bar, Oddbins a coffee shop, Going Places a coffee shop, Rose opticians a coffee shop, Artico a milk shake bar, Decorated Room a coffee shop.
Never mind. There is a vision and design strategy in place. By the time that is developed we will have no shops left. According to the Local Plan of 2007 and the earlier Plan of 2003 there is a red line from Mill Bridge to Railway Street including Bircherley Green that says this is prime retail. The future is safe. Our political masters have it all in hand - at least that's what they have been telling me since .. since 2005 actually.
Who will I be voting for. I think 'none of the above'.