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Identify core of Guernsey's retail sector and protect it: Chamber

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ANY plan for the future use of retail land in Town and on the Bridge should capitalise on what already makes those areas a success.

ANY plan for the future use of retail land in Town and on the Bridge should capitalise on what already makes those areas a success.

Tony Rowbotham, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce's retail sub-group, said he agreed with some points outlined by the Environment Department in its consultation document on the future approach to retail space.

The department is assessing the retail cores of Town and the Bridge to determine whether they should be redefined to keep them as vibrant shopping centres. Respondents to the first part of Environment's review believe the retail core should be concentrated in a small geographic area, a point that Chamber agrees with.

'Our view is that the core, because it is doing quite well, should be identified and protected. I think the core will shrink a bit unless there are particular reasons for extending it. People do comparison shopping when the shops are close to each other,' said Mr Rowbotham.

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