Shetland News shetnews.co.uk 29 Apr, 2021 11:15 am

Carmichael raises Co-op concerns in parliament

Carmichael raises Co-op concerns in parliament
THE IMPACT two proposed Co-op convenience stores could have on local shops - as well as Shetland food producers - has been raised at Westminster by Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael. It comes after the Liberal Democrat wrote to Shetland Islands Council planning staff to...

THE IMPACT two proposed Co-op convenience stores could have on local shops – as well as Shetland food producers – has been raised at Westminster by Northern Isles MP Alistair Carmichael.However, the local retail sector says they could have a significant impact on local shops in the villages as well as wholesalers and suppliers – potentially causing the loss of far more jobs.“Crucial to that operation, however, is the existence of a thriving network of local shops.My concern today is that it’s many of these local shops that are currently under threat.

“These local shops are quite clear that if these applications are granted then the future for them does look to be pretty bleak.“So, the farmers that I’ve spoken about who are now producing finished cattle for slaughter and sale in the local retail sector will struggle if that network of local shops is not there.

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