Fewer charity shops to boost town

LESS charity outlets and an increase in the number of big name stores would bring more shoppers to Burnham, according to a new

LESS charity outlets and an increase in the number of big name stores would bring more shoppers to Burnham, according to a new survey.Burnham's Chamber of Trade and Commerce has carried out a survey of shoppers in the area, and has so far received 139 responses.Pedestrianisation of the town centre was favoured by 95 per cent of respondents. Over a third of people, 39 per cent, would like to see more parking in the town and 30 per cent said they would like less charity shops with 23 per cent voting for more chain store names. Chamber spokesman Alex Turco said: "Pedestrianisation would only work if parking and traffic flow in the town, together with loading and other access issues, were resolved. "Parking provision in the town is also a source of concern. There was a large number of people who desired less charity shops and more range or more chain stores."Further results from the survey will be announced at the Chamber of Trade's annual general meeting on April 24.


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