I received a letter today from someone at Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council telling me all about Tonbridge Town Team's proposed bid for the government grants of £100,000 for deserving High Streets which, you will remember that this is part of the Mary Portas review of our (not so) great British high streets. In true council fashion the specially set up email for expressions of support failed to work and therefore my emailed response bounced back to me! So I though it a good idea to share it with you. This is what I wanted to say:
"Hello and thanks for the opportunity to express my support for this bid. Your letter was music to my ears. You may have noticed in my locally focussed blog, Tonbridge Blog, that I've been banging on about how our town should be better used for some years now. With my shop, Mr. Books, I am fortunate enough to be able to read old books about the town. One thing that comes out loud and clear from some of these books is how markets were right in the very heart of Tonbridge, how these market days were long standing traditions, going back to medieval times. In those old days there was definitely more of a community spirit about the place as businesses, retailers and shoppers all fed off each other. I'm sure that, with the right focus and drive, some of this spirit could be recaptured. I whole heartedly support this initiative and anything that help smarten up the High Street and improve footfall can only be a positive thing for everyone,"
Best of Luck and regards
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