Just thought I’d share this little article from Coexist about the Stokes Croft Market this coming weekend.
I will be in Hamilton House, home of The Canteen and Coexist, please pop by and support local independent makers and traders. It is this continuing support that really makes a difference and is laying the foundations to a better and stronger community for all.
Here I go on my rant…………………..
….How amazing would it be to have a huge regular local market in our community? One where you can get to know the people and know where your purchases are coming from, know that someone created it with passion, know that every penny you spend is giving back to your community. We are already lucky enough to have one of the longest stretches of independent retailers in the country which supports our local economy and is respected all over the world. Unfortunately this is changing rapidly. Over the last 10 years I personally have seen no less than an extra 6 supermarket ‘express’ style stores open on a stretch of only a few miles on Gloucester Rd/Stokes Croft, this adding to the 2 previous stores. Now I hear of another opening in the middle of them all and plans for a huge mega supermarket just off the main road. Undoubtedly this will hit hard on our local traders who are already struggling due to recession, but this is of no importance to the big corporates……that and the fact that we simply don’t need another supermarket when 8 already, only minutes apart.
Supermarkets are able to offer cheap prices on the necessities, often subsidised by other products which is understandably appealing in times of austerity. But when you look deeper at the unethical conduct within industry and the multinationals that own them, the only voice we can have is spending power. Simply choosing to make that choice in your own life does make a difference.
All over the country High Streets are dying. This has been recently highlighted by the governments regenerative Portas Pilot scheme, due to be launched in a huge media frenzy very soon. The aim is to revive high streets and bring back local independent retailers in order to create community again and support the local economy. But seriously, we have this already here on Stokes Croft and Gloucester rd! We are so amazingly lucky. We should be held up as a prime example and measures should be taken by the council and government to preserve this and rather than waiting until it’s too late, throwing money at revival schemes and propaganda TV shows. It is vital that we go on supporting our local traders and be conscious about our purchases. This is not times of doom and gloom, sit back and take it, this is times of opportunity for our community and I know we are all creating something amazing for ourselves and many generations to come.
…….in the mean-time, a certain unwanted supermarket down on Stokes Croft can continue to subsidise their shop and maybe eventually see that although our community is not wealthy enough to fight them in court we are strong enough to win.
Here is a link to an online petition opposing the new mega supermarket. http://epetitions.bristol.gov.uk/epetition_core/community/petition/1935