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Wake up and smell the coffee

Well done to Mr M. Sheppard (Sorry To See Decline Of Town, News Views, February 27) following on from my other letter a few weeks before.

I, and many others, agree totally that our town is in total disarray.

Our roads and paths are an absolute disgrace and Newark town centre is in total meltdown ­­— commercially, behaviour-wise and socially.

l, like many others, used to be proud of our bustling market and local shopping facilities, but I’m afraid now it’s off to Lincoln or Nottingham to make purchases.

It saddens me that the local council has let the downturn prevail.

Perhaps bolstering their property portfolio, from the sale of more sports fields, is their main aim ­— to then purchase more empty town centre properties.

But for what purpose?

A few more coffee houses are really needed to rebuild our town centre!

If only the council would visit Melton Mowbray or Kings Lynn to witness thriving local markets, a lack of empty commercial properties and, of course, well-maintained roads and pathways..

As stated previously, we have brilliant communications and a well-placed location for all things commercial, leisure and for visitors, etc.

Perhaps one of these days, the people who represent our town will wake up and do the job that they are elected for ­— to take positive and beneficial decisions for Newark and district.

Perhaps they may even wake up and smell the coffee. ­­— David Coyne, Newark, via email

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