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    barrie timpson wrote:
    Michael , I do care my friend , but you must understand , I work all week sometimes I start at 6 in the morning and only get home about 9 or 10 at night.

    There are people in well paid jobs like the town management scheme or whatever it's called , to turn this around. If they're not doing the job then they need to be looked at. It's not up to average Joe to do the job of politicians and Councillors , we just pay their wages.
    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead.

    You're right, we pay their wages. There has to be accountability, if they are not doing the job expected of them then there needs to be consequences. If there are is no accountability and no consequences, then why would they change?

    You can make complaints in writing, you can write into the letters section of the local newspapers, you can utilise social media (I've heard on the grapevine the Council leader has a Twitter account and councillors have access to Ipads), you can do Freedom of Information requests which the Council is legally obliged to respond to and you can create petitions. None of this requires a massive investment of time and resources."
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More town centre woe as Burtons and Dorothy Perkins set closure date

Closing down: St Helens town centre's Burtons and Dorothy Perkins will be axed

Closing down: St Helens town centre's Burtons and Dorothy Perkins will be axed

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THERE is more woe for St Helens town centre following confirmation that Burtons and Dorothy Perkins will shut their stores next month.

Closure notices on the stores – situated at the corner of Bridge Street and Church Street – state they will close on June 14.

It is one of the most prominent stores in the town centre.

The posters point customers to their nearest stores, situated on the Ravenhead Retail Park, which is on the outskirts of the town centre.

Dorothy Perkins also has a clothing section within BHS, which has a large store located inside Church Square.

Church Square Shopping Centre had denied speculation Burtons and Dorothy Perkins were to close when asked by the Star in March.

The news will come as another hammer blow to the high street, which already has empty units, most notably the former WH Smith in Church Street.

Internet shopping, competition from city centres and regional shopping zones, such as the Trafford Centre, and the cost of local parking are all cited as reasons why town centres are struggling.

St Helens Council, which has faced criticism from Star readers for the plight of the town centre, has vowed to invest £1million to bring about improvements.

The ruling Labour party has also pledged to introduce free parking on Saturdays and appoint a task force to review the town centre’s future.

It is not clear at this stage whether a new tenant is lined up for the shop or if it will be left empty.

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