Thursday, 16 September 2010
Aberystwyth is the 19th clone town
report released today by the New Economics Foundation reveals the high streets of Aberystwyth, Bridgend, Carmarthen and Llanelli have all lost their individuality and have become part of an “identikit” commercial culture. Traditional market towns across Wales are being turned into 'clone towns' as chains continue to drive independent retailers off the high street. Once-distinctive towns have now lost so much of their character as a result of the suffocating effect of large retailers such as Marks & Spencer, Topshop and HMV, and their residents no longer engage in the community. Read more here.