Citizen editor: We need to vote with our feet and actually visit our locals if you want to keep them open
IT is not the first time we have run a story recently about the crippling weight of business rates and how firms are struggling.
Now the Union pub, in Westgate Street, is shutting up shop as a result.
The landlord there said despite taking £300,000 in trade in the last year, the numbers simply do not add up.
And they are not alone in finding it hard to make ends meet in the current climate – just paying for the basic rent, rates and energy bills needed to run a business.
Traditional Shave, Facial Treatment, Whisky and a Shoe Shine -...View details
Gents, enjoy a traditional shave, facial treatment, glass of whisky and a shoeshine for £31
Terms: Early and later appointments available upon request.
Contact: 01242 504887
Valid until: Tuesday, December 31 2013
Couple that with the fact many people are drinking at home rather than supporting their local, and we could see more venues calling time on our High Streets.
While we may not be able to tackle the business rate issue overnight, we can all vote with our feet and put our money where our mouth is by visiting the pubs.
If more of us actually went in rather than went past these bars, perhaps more would be able to stay open.
We can't demand a bustling evening economy one minute and not support our venues the next.
EVERY now and again, you hear something which warms your heart.
In this case, it is the schoolboy and woman who came to Bonnie and her owner's aid when the little dog was being attacked.
We all hope that we would do the same but actually, being confronted with a couple of big old dogs, most of us might just run away and understandably so. Their quick actions means Bonnie lives to get even more cuddles from her owner, who is so grateful he has come to the Citizen in a bid to find the two heroes so he can thank them.
THERE is one thing stocking up months before on the Baileys and tins of Roses to eke out the Christmas spend but really, a tree up in September?
While not wanting to sound like the Grinch or Victor Meldrew, it does seem to come around earlier and earlier – some of us are still hoping for an Indian summer.