We should be in market for a change

PUBLISHED: 10:02 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:56 04 May 2010

WITH Royston High Street looking increasingly sad, and with a rising interest in local food and building community spirit in these difficult times, how about converting the former Woolworths premises into a modern farmers supermarket?  It could be owned

WITH Royston High Street looking increasingly sad, and with a rising interest in local food and building community spirit in these difficult times, how about converting the former Woolworths premises into a modern farmers' supermarket?

It could be owned and controlled at a local level with the support of the local authority.

The space could initially be used for selling locally-grown produce, and later include locally produced goods.

Local food producers could share refrigeration, storage, cash handling and marketing - gaining a prominent daily foothold in the High Street and benefiting from some economies of scale.

The idea is not new - Exeter claimed to have had the first farmers supermarket back in 2002 - but this may be just the injection of community enterprise that Royston town centre needs right now.

Chris Lee

Mill Road Royston

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