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  • "On receiving my email Campaign Newsletter Bulletine - I thought at last "like minded" people are starting a Campaign to encourage locals shoppers to return to the smaller Towns of Caerphilly Borough and give their support to the small shops of our Towns, instilling life back into the High Street.

    My home Town is Caerphilly, and when we first came to live in Caerphilly the High Street, (Cardiff Road, and Castle Street) was the"hub" of the Town with an excellent selection of shops, from the local Butchers, Fashions shops, Electrial/Goods, Shoe shops, Co-op and many varied others Traders. With I'll add a thriving Indoor Market. Sadly over the years we have watched Traders close down and the only Business "thriving" now are the Banks, Building Society / Estate Agencies. Charity Shops, Betting Shops, Loan and Pawn Traders. Not forgetting the 27 HAIR and Beauty salons, Nail Parlours! (Believe me being bored while waiting for a friend I "amused myself by counting these Establishments in the area from Asda, to the Top of Caerphilly Railway Station") 27 was the last count, but have seen a Hair Salon open up where the Florist used to be in Cardiff Road. - ( Question for Town PLANNING DEPARTMENT - Why another one!).

    But I supposed their is a positive thought to this and that is "it's employment, and Council rates are being paid (which I understand are very high in the HIGH Street) - and Brave Traders like the new "Y Galeri" owners opposite Peacocks have brought back some class and taste, also a little character to the Town.

    The Shopping Centre do have a varied selection of shops but when you go into them - Shops like Clarks, Boots DONOT cover their full range or either shoes fashion and in the case recently of Boots, they have STOP stocking a range of Skin care and other products - FORCING you to go further afield to find your products or as they tell you " you can order on line! " They are missing the point I think - Shopping on line DOES NOT SUPPORT local Shops or Your LOCAL TOWN HIGH STREET. The negative is lose of local jobs and eventually lost of existing hard working Traders.

    So while I welcome recognition for our High Street, I think Caerphilly Borough Councillors, Ken James and colleagues need to wake up to the fact that words need ACTION as well, not just local shoppers, but also from Shops like Boots, Clarks, W. H. Smith to stock products that they have suddenly decided to stock only in their larger stores or by ordering on line.

    I will say also that Blackwood seemed to have a varied range of shops and also on the occasions I have visited the Town it always seemed busier than CAERPHILLY Town with our very impressive Castle - From a visitors point of view all our smaller Towns have plenty to offer from history, Culture, Beauty, but sadly lacking in variety of shops and lack of Welsh Teas on a Sunday or Bank Holidays (except possibly the Twyn Tourist Centre and small cafe, not open at these time."
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Caerphilly shoppers urged to buy local

(6325105)CHOOSE THE HIGH STREET: Simon and Trish Fowler, owners of Must Have Music on Blackwood High Street, with councillor Ken James.

(6325105)CHOOSE THE HIGH STREET: Simon and Trish Fowler, owners of Must Have Music on Blackwood High Street, with councillor Ken James.

First published in News

RESIDENTS and visitors in Caerphilly county borough are being encouraged to ‘Choose the High Street’ through a campaign to raise awareness of what is on offer in the area’s town centres.

The aim is to stress the importance of consumer choice and build on sustained town centre use during the past couple of years.

Last summer Blackwood saw an increase in people, from 715,229 in 2012 to 762,570 (6.6 per cent).

“We remain committed to keeping our economies thriving, and this campaign aims to encourage residents and visitors to our county borough to utilise our town centres,” said councillor Ken James, cabinet member for regeneration.

The council-run campaign is also geared to actively encouraging businesses to open in town centres.

Simon and Trish Fowler, owners of Must Have Music and Impact, have recently relocated their business onto Blackwood High Street.

“We are proud to be part of the Choose the High Street campaign.” said Mr Fowler.Details on the ‘Choose the High Street’ campaign are at caerphilly.gov.uk or by calling 01443 866213.

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