With reference to your recent report (Derbyshire Times, October 6) regarding the upswing in the fortunes of Chesterfield, I must point out that the retail sector in the town centre seems to be having a struggle to keep going.
During a shopping visit at the weekend, I could not help noticing the amount of closed shops in the area, and what appeared to be less market stalls occupied.
Surely, the economic health of any town is indicated by how busy the businesses in the centre are. The crowds of yesteryear shoppers have yet to return, the thin dribble of today’s bargain seekers is no substitute.
Chesterfield can only be said to be on the up when the town centre becomes a magnet for shoppers. At present the suburban supermarkets with their free parking are ruling the roost.