Shops are closing in Sidmouth and other East Devon towns:
The local MP has tried to mediate:
Sir Hugo meeting shopkeepers
But shopkeepers feel they are being ignored:
Two more Sidmouth shops to close for good
Colin and Kylie Cramb, of Coles said: “Landlords don’t seem to realise that it’s 2018 and the rents they’re charging is more than businesses can sustain. Our bottom line has risen.”
Steve and Lyn Clarke, of The Rendezvous, revealed they would be closed before Christmas. after the opportunity arose for them to take on an East Devon pub, where the rates are the same, even though the restaurant is five times the size of The Rendezvous.
Steve said no body seemed to want to the listen to the businesses that were crying out for help.