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Coleman posted..

[QUOTE=Robot69]There has been discussion on here about how to improve HG and the state of the empty shops. The regeneration of HG relies on increasing footfall. The more people coming to HG, the more they are likely to spend, then they may also venture out as part of a Sainsbury shopping trip to, say the petshop, then onto one of the coffee bars, oh and whilst we are here I need to get a new tyre (examples obviously).

To improve HG, you need to increase people coming to shop here to encourage other retailers to come to HG that in turn increases traffic. If you decrease traffic (shopping that is) then HG becomes a ghost town (or village or whatever its called) then more and more retailers disappear then you get more empty shops - you can't have it both ways![/QUOTE]

I think your a bit off the mark there, in the case of HG the vast majority of the traffic on the A6 is NOT potential custom for local retailers, so a reduction is what would be helpful for the shops here! A quieter free flowing main road would encourage (or would put off less) shoppers, where as the A6 in its current state just keeps people away.
I for one avoid driving through HG unless i absolutely have to and i am a local, so the chance of attracting people from further away is nill!

Not that any of that matters since the only way to reduce A6 traffic is to get a bypass, which will never happen! That said, i firmly believe there are other ways that the local business environment could be improved, but since i'm already off topic i will leave that for another thread!