Bassetlaw Council Leader Simon Greaves has opened a good debate in regards to the mix of shops and businesses we should have on our high street.
His comments came as he backed calls for greater licensing powers to block the opening of more betting shops in Worksop.
He suggested that Worksop town centre has too many fast food outlets, bookies, money lenders, and charity shops.
He is certainly right that the high street mix could be better.
But I don’t think it’s fair to target charity shops, and they shouldn’t be mentioned in the same bracket as the other three.
As far as I know none of society’s ills can be blamed on charity shops.
I have never heard of anyone getting into financial problems because of an addiction to buying second hand goods.
Personally, I would much rather see a charity shop on the high street than an unoccupied shopfront.
At the end of the day, they raise much needed money for good causes, and provide low cost goods for consumers.
There are far worse things in the world.