LETTER: New supermarket will damage local firms

THERE is an old saying: be careful what you wish for. How true. No doubt there are many who are clapping their hands in glee at the prospect of a major supermarket taking up the Barnkirk site on the edge of Newton Stewart.

There are, however, serious considerations to be given as to how we are all going to feel when we have no small traders left in the centre of our town – or in Wigtown or any of the smaller villages. Are we prepared for there to be no competition and every penny we spend being redistributed to shareholders, and suppliers from far-flung corners of the world, rather than in our area?

We dream that we will have far greater choice but, just as when the other supermarkets set up their businesses, the variety of goods will be scaled back to the most popular brands due to the lack of high turnover and demand, which makes wide choice unsustainable.

Are the children at the Douglas-Ewart to be given as their choice of main employer in the area a supermarket? I know it is a false hope that we should be encouraging real industry and commerce to invest in our area, but please ask yourselves this: will you not continue to travel to Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries, Stranraer or Ayr for those things that you want or just for a change once you have this enterprise on your doorstep? Of course not.

Right now there are many women and men, young and old, in fear for their jobs. Let’s stand behind them and use our local businesses to show that they are truly appreciated.

Josephine Chambers,

13 Bower Drive, Minnigaff.