LETTER: Clitheroe’s distinctive character draws visitors

Congratulations to all involved in the organisation and delivery of the wonderful Sheepfest/Streetfest in Clitheroe.

It was great to see residents of all ages enjoying the variety of stalls and entertainment, and brought many visitors into town in spite of the weather.

Such events, run by community-spirited locals, can only take place with the support of the local council, so thanks are due there also, but the council should note it is the town’s distinctive character that attracts people to the town. Allowing chain supermarkets and coffee shops to populate our high streets, while local businesses flounder is a recipe for disaster. The Transition Town Clitheroe “Tree of Wishes” on Saturday revealed that what local people want to see is fewer cars in the town centre, improved public transport systems, cycle routes, better play facilities for young people, more trees, flowers and places to grow food, more use of renewable energy and a proper farmers’ markets for local produce, all of which would bring sustainable levels of business into the town, not more chains and new car parks. Our newly elected council needs to listen to the people!

KATE MURRAY,

Victoria Street, Clitheroe