His comments come following the news that Steamer Trading said they are to close their stores. This includes the one in Beverley.
Elected in May, Cllr Boynton is a great supporter of the high street. Speaking with Hu17.net he said;
“It is a real shame to be losing Steamer Trading for our high street here in Beverley. With it being one of the bigger units it is, of course, a concern.”
“We need to avoid a repeat of the situation we had when Wilkos relocated and that unit was left empty for a number of years.”
“As a councillor representing Beverley, I will be monitoring the situation closely and shall look to ascertain if there are any plans for the unit.”
“My only concern is that given the size of the unit, it will need to be a major retailer or national brand that can take it on.”
Cllr Boynton Says Beverley’s Historic Core Remains Attractive Proposition
Cllr Boynton, however, remains upbeat about how the retail sector and high street are doing in Beverley. He is also very keen to point the speed in which empty units are being filled.
“Overall I feel Beverley as a retail and leisure destination is in a good place. The number of new businesses that have opened clearly demonstrates this.”
“Just walking around you can see the uptake of smaller units is very good. It is my view that trading in Beverley’s Historic Core remains an attractive proposition for businesses.”
“In the past couple of weeks, we have seen a number of businesses open. These include a new menswear shop Brook Taverner on Toll Gavel and also Space NK.”
“What Beverley is also seeing is a good uptake of units by business owners down some of the smaller streets.”
“This is, of course, all supported by a strong events calendar and also incentives like Beverley Bloom. These things contribute to making the town better for visitors which is good for business.”