There’s been quite a lot of excitement on social media recently.
The Commonwealth Games, The Independence debate, The Mermaids supporting Jools Holland on tour... Well, that one quite rightly did cause quite a celebration but no, most people have been almost dancing in the street at the arrival of a supermarket delivery service to the area.
To some extent, I can understand why. If you have a disability or find it difficult to get out, or if you’re a busy working person with a family to feed you don’t want to have to spend your precious spare time travelling to shops.
And, of course, the irony is that in urban areas where food shops are far more accessible this service has been available for years. In theory, it also means fewer cars on the roads.
But there are aspects of this service that trouble me. The people who might benefit most may also be the ones less able to access it – you need internet access and a credit or debit card and we often forget that not everyone has these things. Weekly columnWe further lose our connection to food, clicking a keyboard rather than carefully thinking about the purchase. Physically putting the item in the basket or trolley means you’re less likely to overspend, or buy food that may go to waste.
I try to think local when I shop – supporting butchers, fishmongers and bakers or my village shop.
We already have a range of great local retailers who deliver to the towns and villages in the area, so we can support the local economy.
This applies to more than just food shopping. Sadly, another independent bookshop in the region closed last week, one more victim of the increasing dominance of on line retailers.
I wouldn’t want to prevent change or stop people having choice, and sometimes I use these them myself, but equally I don’t want to see our local shops become empty while the roads are choked with delivery vans feeding the profits of international retail giants.