Hughes Fish Company shuts up shop in Head Street

Essex County Standard: Natasha Hughes. Natasha Hughes.

A POPULAR fishmongers has closed after seven years in Colchester town centre.

Natasha and Kevin Hughes, owners of Hughes Fish Company, in Head Street, took the decision because of the decline of Colchester’s town centre and the rise of out-of-town supermarkets.

The couple will continue to sell fish from their boat, in Mersea, and orders can still be made online or over the phone.

A statement on the shop’s website said: “We have made the very difficult decision to close the shop.

“We would like to thank you for all your support over the past five years.

“Our lease was up for renewal, but we decided not to sign in for another five years as Colchester is not as it once was.

“We struggle to compete with supermarkets and more and more are opening, drawing more people out of the town.

“We will continue to sell fish from our boat and platters on an order-only basis.”

The couple initially opened a market stall in Culver Street West in December 2007, before moving to Church Walk in 2008. In 2009, the shop became a Head Street hit.

Natasha added: “It was a very sudden decision on our part.

“We thought a lot about it and it was very last minute, but we hope our reputation should be able to us carry on.

“We are devastated, but signing on for five more years was just too big a risk and fewer and fewer people are coming to the town now.”

The shop closed for the last time on Friday.

  • To find out how to order, email hughesfish@outlook.com or call 07963588592.

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2:35pm Wed 23 Apr 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

old news im afraid the store shut weeks ago.
good publicity though for a good business and nice people.
you should have got the contract for the oyster feast.
but unfortunately The Teflon's went for posh.
i will miss getting my crabs :-) ;-) and winkles ;-)
all the very best and will see you on line.
old news im afraid the store shut weeks ago. good publicity though for a good business and nice people. you should have got the contract for the oyster feast. but unfortunately The Teflon's went for posh. i will miss getting my crabs :-) ;-) and winkles ;-) all the very best and will see you on line. A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 1

3:31pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Sad to lose specialist shops but lets not put all the blame onto Supermarkets. Why not blame the council for extortionate parking charges, introducing unnecessary bus lanes and excessively high business rates. Why wouldn't shoppers go to out of town shops and supermarkets, it's a no brainier really.
Sad to lose specialist shops but lets not put all the blame onto Supermarkets. Why not blame the council for extortionate parking charges, introducing unnecessary bus lanes and excessively high business rates. Why wouldn't shoppers go to out of town shops and supermarkets, it's a no brainier really. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 29

4:00pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Oliver Guiness says...

Business rates are nothing to with the Council they are a central government tax
Business rates are nothing to with the Council they are a central government tax Oliver Guiness
  • Score: 0

4:14pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Citizen 139 says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Sad to lose specialist shops but lets not put all the blame onto Supermarkets. Why not blame the council for extortionate parking charges, introducing unnecessary bus lanes and excessively high business rates. Why wouldn't shoppers go to out of town shops and supermarkets, it's a no brainier really.
How dare you blame the council for high parking charges, the councillors say they're very competitive.
That was until I did a comparison with Chelmsford and found they're not.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: Sad to lose specialist shops but lets not put all the blame onto Supermarkets. Why not blame the council for extortionate parking charges, introducing unnecessary bus lanes and excessively high business rates. Why wouldn't shoppers go to out of town shops and supermarkets, it's a no brainier really.[/p][/quote]How dare you blame the council for high parking charges, the councillors say they're very competitive. That was until I did a comparison with Chelmsford and found they're not. Citizen 139
  • Score: 17

4:27pm Wed 23 Apr 14

HARRY438 says...

Anyone walked down the old Red Lion shopping alley lately? It's hard to spot a shop that's up and running. Wasteland comes to mind.
Anyone walked down the old Red Lion shopping alley lately? It's hard to spot a shop that's up and running. Wasteland comes to mind. HARRY438
  • Score: 6

5:00pm Wed 23 Apr 14

The Stinker Returns says...

I got a parking fine in Colchester once because the carpark I was in charged MORE on a Sunday for parking than any other day of the week - and I read the fee rate wrong and paid the weekday price.
I got a parking fine in Colchester once because the carpark I was in charged MORE on a Sunday for parking than any other day of the week - and I read the fee rate wrong and paid the weekday price. The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 2

6:36pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Rnbboy says...

So was it 7 years or 5, whilst I understand what they mean, this article could have been written better.

Colchester is still a better town centre than say Ipswich, but it is declining, we have too many houses being built, traffic problems, extortionate parking fees, and lack of support from the local authorities. Public transport is expensive, and there seems little to bring people into town. The bus lanes and prevention of traffic and confusing signs adds to the dire situation. With the town being based on a hill and a very historic centre, the banning of cars does not work.

I do remember the days of queuing traffic to get into town, and whilst I do not want to see that again it really shows the change. However, all centres are changing and on a bonus point, Colchester Council preventing large out of town shopping developments does help the town centre.
So was it 7 years or 5, whilst I understand what they mean, this article could have been written better. Colchester is still a better town centre than say Ipswich, but it is declining, we have too many houses being built, traffic problems, extortionate parking fees, and lack of support from the local authorities. Public transport is expensive, and there seems little to bring people into town. The bus lanes and prevention of traffic and confusing signs adds to the dire situation. With the town being based on a hill and a very historic centre, the banning of cars does not work. I do remember the days of queuing traffic to get into town, and whilst I do not want to see that again it really shows the change. However, all centres are changing and on a bonus point, Colchester Council preventing large out of town shopping developments does help the town centre. Rnbboy
  • Score: 4

6:57pm Wed 23 Apr 14

rhetoric says...

We used to have Double's in St Botolphs St, the Co-op in Wyre St, another shop on the corner of the High St/North Hill, and a fourth in Crouch St.
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Later, the Greens set up in Eld Lane to sell fish from their own family boat.
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Some of the blame for the decline must lie with the closing of the "Crab and Winkle" from Brightlingsea which brought fresh fish deliveries to the Town shops around three times a day.
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We also had "Shrimpy" at the top of Scheregate Steps, collecting fresh shrimps from Drake's bus in Chapel St, the goods being newly caught and boiled in Tollesbury.
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The freshness of all the fish was no doubt a big factor in the amount of wares sold by all these businesses. Their goods would knock into a cocked had most of the supermarket offerings. You could buy the fish on the bone or have it filleted, cut to required size and so on.
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I have just remembered the stall by St Nicholas Church were sprats were sold by the pint! Yet another thriving fish retailer, sadly now gone.
We used to have Double's in St Botolphs St, the Co-op in Wyre St, another shop on the corner of the High St/North Hill, and a fourth in Crouch St. . Later, the Greens set up in Eld Lane to sell fish from their own family boat. . Some of the blame for the decline must lie with the closing of the "Crab and Winkle" from Brightlingsea which brought fresh fish deliveries to the Town shops around three times a day. . We also had "Shrimpy" at the top of Scheregate Steps, collecting fresh shrimps from Drake's bus in Chapel St, the goods being newly caught and boiled in Tollesbury. . The freshness of all the fish was no doubt a big factor in the amount of wares sold by all these businesses. Their goods would knock into a cocked had most of the supermarket offerings. You could buy the fish on the bone or have it filleted, cut to required size and so on. . I have just remembered the stall by St Nicholas Church were sprats were sold by the pint! Yet another thriving fish retailer, sadly now gone. rhetoric
  • Score: 5

11:09pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Reginald47 says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Sad to lose specialist shops but lets not put all the blame onto Supermarkets. Why not blame the council for extortionate parking charges, introducing unnecessary bus lanes and excessively high business rates. Why wouldn't shoppers go to out of town shops and supermarkets, it's a no brainier really.
I know you're simply anti-borough council because of some grievance over the Community Stadium but please try to stick to the truth. Business Rates are set by the Goverment, not by the council; parking charges are actually as cheap or cheaper than most other towns in the area; and Mr Bass thinks the bus lanes are a jolly good idea although I don't, but it's Essex County Council's duty to run Highways, not the borough.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: Sad to lose specialist shops but lets not put all the blame onto Supermarkets. Why not blame the council for extortionate parking charges, introducing unnecessary bus lanes and excessively high business rates. Why wouldn't shoppers go to out of town shops and supermarkets, it's a no brainier really.[/p][/quote]I know you're simply anti-borough council because of some grievance over the Community Stadium but please try to stick to the truth. Business Rates are set by the Goverment, not by the council; parking charges are actually as cheap or cheaper than most other towns in the area; and Mr Bass thinks the bus lanes are a jolly good idea although I don't, but it's Essex County Council's duty to run Highways, not the borough. Reginald47
  • Score: -1

11:12pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Reginald47 says...

The Stinker Returns wrote:
I got a parking fine in Colchester once because the carpark I was in charged MORE on a Sunday for parking than any other day of the week - and I read the fee rate wrong and paid the weekday price.
Which car park - and when was 'once'? Ten years ago?
[quote][p][bold]The Stinker Returns[/bold] wrote: I got a parking fine in Colchester once because the carpark I was in charged MORE on a Sunday for parking than any other day of the week - and I read the fee rate wrong and paid the weekday price.[/p][/quote]Which car park - and when was 'once'? Ten years ago? Reginald47
  • Score: -6

11:18pm Wed 23 Apr 14

super waluigi says...

I would just like to wish Kevin and his wife the best for the future. I went to school with Kevin and he was a great guy.
Unfortunately, it is not a good time to be in buisness right now. You can be pro or against councils or what ever, but it is what it is.
I would just like to wish Kevin and his wife the best for the future. I went to school with Kevin and he was a great guy. Unfortunately, it is not a good time to be in buisness right now. You can be pro or against councils or what ever, but it is what it is. super waluigi
  • Score: 4

9:36am Thu 24 Apr 14

pidgee says...

its disappointing to see another shop in colchester close. i visited colchester last week for the first time in a year and what a decline in a year. its so sad to see what was and still could be an exceptional town but its like everyone has given up or maybe been given up on i dont know.
for the shop traders to continue smiling must be difficult with such low footfall. Car parking is expensive although if the shops warranted a trip i would go. looking at what is slowly developing over at tollgate it makes you wonder how sustainable it will be for some town shops. i now shop in chelmsford which is cheaper, cleaner and more presentable as well as tollgate which is closer.
chelmsford market is an example of how to do things properly and i hope colchester can be restored to its former glory!
its disappointing to see another shop in colchester close. i visited colchester last week for the first time in a year and what a decline in a year. its so sad to see what was and still could be an exceptional town but its like everyone has given up or maybe been given up on i dont know. for the shop traders to continue smiling must be difficult with such low footfall. Car parking is expensive although if the shops warranted a trip i would go. looking at what is slowly developing over at tollgate it makes you wonder how sustainable it will be for some town shops. i now shop in chelmsford which is cheaper, cleaner and more presentable as well as tollgate which is closer. chelmsford market is an example of how to do things properly and i hope colchester can be restored to its former glory! pidgee
  • Score: 8

9:48am Thu 24 Apr 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Reginald47 wrote:
Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Sad to lose specialist shops but lets not put all the blame onto Supermarkets. Why not blame the council for extortionate parking charges, introducing unnecessary bus lanes and excessively high business rates. Why wouldn't shoppers go to out of town shops and supermarkets, it's a no brainier really.
I know you're simply anti-borough council because of some grievance over the Community Stadium but please try to stick to the truth. Business Rates are set by the Goverment, not by the council; parking charges are actually as cheap or cheaper than most other towns in the area; and Mr Bass thinks the bus lanes are a jolly good idea although I don't, but it's Essex County Council's duty to run Highways, not the borough.
So in your eyes ECC is not a council? Note I mentioned the word council and did not specify. Perhaps you are reading what you want Reg! Accept business rates are government set and I should not included that as 'council' responsibility. However, whilst people like you think our council's can do no wrong and the sun shines out of their backsides they will always continue to run rough shod over everything.

NB: my grievance with CBC over the stadium is they approved their own planning application and ignored many of the conditions that had previously been agreed. Something the planning department would not have allowed if a private developer had been the applicant. I suppose Reg you think that's okay!

This shows how corrupt the planning department and the planning committee are who chose to ignore those conditions and went ahead and rubber stamped their own application. I also think that our council taxes should not be used to subsidise commercial ventures because the rent paid by Col U to CBC does not cover the £8m loan taken out by CBC to build the stadium.
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: Sad to lose specialist shops but lets not put all the blame onto Supermarkets. Why not blame the council for extortionate parking charges, introducing unnecessary bus lanes and excessively high business rates. Why wouldn't shoppers go to out of town shops and supermarkets, it's a no brainier really.[/p][/quote]I know you're simply anti-borough council because of some grievance over the Community Stadium but please try to stick to the truth. Business Rates are set by the Goverment, not by the council; parking charges are actually as cheap or cheaper than most other towns in the area; and Mr Bass thinks the bus lanes are a jolly good idea although I don't, but it's Essex County Council's duty to run Highways, not the borough.[/p][/quote]So in your eyes ECC is not a council? Note I mentioned the word council and did not specify. Perhaps you are reading what you want Reg! Accept business rates are government set and I should not included that as 'council' responsibility. However, whilst people like you think our council's can do no wrong and the sun shines out of their backsides they will always continue to run rough shod over everything. NB: my grievance with CBC over the stadium is they approved their own planning application and ignored many of the conditions that had previously been agreed. Something the planning department would not have allowed if a private developer had been the applicant. I suppose Reg you think that's okay! This shows how corrupt the planning department and the planning committee are who chose to ignore those conditions and went ahead and rubber stamped their own application. I also think that our council taxes should not be used to subsidise commercial ventures because the rent paid by Col U to CBC does not cover the £8m loan taken out by CBC to build the stadium. Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 4

11:57am Thu 24 Apr 14

catflap1 says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Reginald47 wrote:
Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Sad to lose specialist shops but lets not put all the blame onto Supermarkets. Why not blame the council for extortionate parking charges, introducing unnecessary bus lanes and excessively high business rates. Why wouldn't shoppers go to out of town shops and supermarkets, it's a no brainier really.
I know you're simply anti-borough council because of some grievance over the Community Stadium but please try to stick to the truth. Business Rates are set by the Goverment, not by the council; parking charges are actually as cheap or cheaper than most other towns in the area; and Mr Bass thinks the bus lanes are a jolly good idea although I don't, but it's Essex County Council's duty to run Highways, not the borough.
So in your eyes ECC is not a council? Note I mentioned the word council and did not specify. Perhaps you are reading what you want Reg! Accept business rates are government set and I should not included that as 'council' responsibility. However, whilst people like you think our council's can do no wrong and the sun shines out of their backsides they will always continue to run rough shod over everything.

NB: my grievance with CBC over the stadium is they approved their own planning application and ignored many of the conditions that had previously been agreed. Something the planning department would not have allowed if a private developer had been the applicant. I suppose Reg you think that's okay!

This shows how corrupt the planning department and the planning committee are who chose to ignore those conditions and went ahead and rubber stamped their own application. I also think that our council taxes should not be used to subsidise commercial ventures because the rent paid by Col U to CBC does not cover the £8m loan taken out by CBC to build the stadium.
Really SIATAS does anybody care it's the same boring old crap you always spout .. but I would suggest that making claims about the planning dept and committee being corrupt is tantamount to libel... unless of course you have proof of this, which I'm sure the Gazette with it's investigation prowess would run with.

Bad new about the fish shop, hopefully they will continue to provide a good service online.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: Sad to lose specialist shops but lets not put all the blame onto Supermarkets. Why not blame the council for extortionate parking charges, introducing unnecessary bus lanes and excessively high business rates. Why wouldn't shoppers go to out of town shops and supermarkets, it's a no brainier really.[/p][/quote]I know you're simply anti-borough council because of some grievance over the Community Stadium but please try to stick to the truth. Business Rates are set by the Goverment, not by the council; parking charges are actually as cheap or cheaper than most other towns in the area; and Mr Bass thinks the bus lanes are a jolly good idea although I don't, but it's Essex County Council's duty to run Highways, not the borough.[/p][/quote]So in your eyes ECC is not a council? Note I mentioned the word council and did not specify. Perhaps you are reading what you want Reg! Accept business rates are government set and I should not included that as 'council' responsibility. However, whilst people like you think our council's can do no wrong and the sun shines out of their backsides they will always continue to run rough shod over everything. NB: my grievance with CBC over the stadium is they approved their own planning application and ignored many of the conditions that had previously been agreed. Something the planning department would not have allowed if a private developer had been the applicant. I suppose Reg you think that's okay! This shows how corrupt the planning department and the planning committee are who chose to ignore those conditions and went ahead and rubber stamped their own application. I also think that our council taxes should not be used to subsidise commercial ventures because the rent paid by Col U to CBC does not cover the £8m loan taken out by CBC to build the stadium.[/p][/quote]Really SIATAS does anybody care it's the same boring old crap you always spout .. but I would suggest that making claims about the planning dept and committee being corrupt is tantamount to libel... unless of course you have proof of this, which I'm sure the Gazette with it's investigation prowess would run with. Bad new about the fish shop, hopefully they will continue to provide a good service online. catflap1
  • Score: -4

12:25pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Scoot says...

rnbboy, you having a giraffe ? Colchester town centre better than Ipswich ? Obviously you haven't been to Ipswich recently. A thriving market (including fish stall) lots of shops both big and small and I can get in and out of Ipswich a lot quicker and park cheaper than Colchester. Its a no brainer... The problem with Colchester is that the powers that be think the only people to shop in Colchester live locally and hopping on and off a bus should be the way to travel. They have ignored the fact that they are surrounded by villages and are one of two large towns that can be easily accessed by car from the Tendring penninsula. Until someone actually sits down and actually does something about the bus lanes, helping the traffic flow and the parking charges then Colchester will continue to evolve into a donut town with the only viable retail areas being out of town.
rnbboy, you having a giraffe ? Colchester town centre better than Ipswich ? Obviously you haven't been to Ipswich recently. A thriving market (including fish stall) lots of shops both big and small and I can get in and out of Ipswich a lot quicker and park cheaper than Colchester. Its a no brainer... The problem with Colchester is that the powers that be think the only people to shop in Colchester live locally and hopping on and off a bus should be the way to travel. They have ignored the fact that they are surrounded by villages and are one of two large towns that can be easily accessed by car from the Tendring penninsula. Until someone actually sits down and actually does something about the bus lanes, helping the traffic flow and the parking charges then Colchester will continue to evolve into a donut town with the only viable retail areas being out of town. Scoot
  • Score: 2

6:57am Sun 27 Apr 14

jim_bo says...

catflap1 wrote:
Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Reginald47 wrote:
Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Sad to lose specialist shops but lets not put all the blame onto Supermarkets. Why not blame the council for extortionate parking charges, introducing unnecessary bus lanes and excessively high business rates. Why wouldn't shoppers go to out of town shops and supermarkets, it's a no brainier really.
I know you're simply anti-borough council because of some grievance over the Community Stadium but please try to stick to the truth. Business Rates are set by the Goverment, not by the council; parking charges are actually as cheap or cheaper than most other towns in the area; and Mr Bass thinks the bus lanes are a jolly good idea although I don't, but it's Essex County Council's duty to run Highways, not the borough.
So in your eyes ECC is not a council? Note I mentioned the word council and did not specify. Perhaps you are reading what you want Reg! Accept business rates are government set and I should not included that as 'council' responsibility. However, whilst people like you think our council's can do no wrong and the sun shines out of their backsides they will always continue to run rough shod over everything.

NB: my grievance with CBC over the stadium is they approved their own planning application and ignored many of the conditions that had previously been agreed. Something the planning department would not have allowed if a private developer had been the applicant. I suppose Reg you think that's okay!

This shows how corrupt the planning department and the planning committee are who chose to ignore those conditions and went ahead and rubber stamped their own application. I also think that our council taxes should not be used to subsidise commercial ventures because the rent paid by Col U to CBC does not cover the £8m loan taken out by CBC to build the stadium.
Really SIATAS does anybody care it's the same boring old crap you always spout .. but I would suggest that making claims about the planning dept and committee being corrupt is tantamount to libel... unless of course you have proof of this, which I'm sure the Gazette with it's investigation prowess would run with.

Bad new about the fish shop, hopefully they will continue to provide a good service online.
I don't believe they are accepting bribes, I believe they are just incompetent.
[quote][p][bold]catflap1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: Sad to lose specialist shops but lets not put all the blame onto Supermarkets. Why not blame the council for extortionate parking charges, introducing unnecessary bus lanes and excessively high business rates. Why wouldn't shoppers go to out of town shops and supermarkets, it's a no brainier really.[/p][/quote]I know you're simply anti-borough council because of some grievance over the Community Stadium but please try to stick to the truth. Business Rates are set by the Goverment, not by the council; parking charges are actually as cheap or cheaper than most other towns in the area; and Mr Bass thinks the bus lanes are a jolly good idea although I don't, but it's Essex County Council's duty to run Highways, not the borough.[/p][/quote]So in your eyes ECC is not a council? Note I mentioned the word council and did not specify. Perhaps you are reading what you want Reg! Accept business rates are government set and I should not included that as 'council' responsibility. However, whilst people like you think our council's can do no wrong and the sun shines out of their backsides they will always continue to run rough shod over everything. NB: my grievance with CBC over the stadium is they approved their own planning application and ignored many of the conditions that had previously been agreed. Something the planning department would not have allowed if a private developer had been the applicant. I suppose Reg you think that's okay! This shows how corrupt the planning department and the planning committee are who chose to ignore those conditions and went ahead and rubber stamped their own application. I also think that our council taxes should not be used to subsidise commercial ventures because the rent paid by Col U to CBC does not cover the £8m loan taken out by CBC to build the stadium.[/p][/quote]Really SIATAS does anybody care it's the same boring old crap you always spout .. but I would suggest that making claims about the planning dept and committee being corrupt is tantamount to libel... unless of course you have proof of this, which I'm sure the Gazette with it's investigation prowess would run with. Bad new about the fish shop, hopefully they will continue to provide a good service online.[/p][/quote]I don't believe they are accepting bribes, I believe they are just incompetent. jim_bo
  • Score: 1

7:48pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Rnbboy says...

Scoot wrote:
rnbboy, you having a giraffe ? Colchester town centre better than Ipswich ? Obviously you haven't been to Ipswich recently. A thriving market (including fish stall) lots of shops both big and small and I can get in and out of Ipswich a lot quicker and park cheaper than Colchester. Its a no brainer... The problem with Colchester is that the powers that be think the only people to shop in Colchester live locally and hopping on and off a bus should be the way to travel. They have ignored the fact that they are surrounded by villages and are one of two large towns that can be easily accessed by car from the Tendring penninsula. Until someone actually sits down and actually does something about the bus lanes, helping the traffic flow and the parking charges then Colchester will continue to evolve into a donut town with the only viable retail areas being out of town.
I work in Ipswich - so am there 5 days a week. Sorry but it is an absolute s**t hole! Whilst the market may do well the rest of the town centre is dying - they have two empty dated shopping centres and the a load of pound stores!

I was talking about the town centre not the traffic and parking issues! Colchester town centre is better! Our traffic and parking are not!
[quote][p][bold]Scoot[/bold] wrote: rnbboy, you having a giraffe ? Colchester town centre better than Ipswich ? Obviously you haven't been to Ipswich recently. A thriving market (including fish stall) lots of shops both big and small and I can get in and out of Ipswich a lot quicker and park cheaper than Colchester. Its a no brainer... The problem with Colchester is that the powers that be think the only people to shop in Colchester live locally and hopping on and off a bus should be the way to travel. They have ignored the fact that they are surrounded by villages and are one of two large towns that can be easily accessed by car from the Tendring penninsula. Until someone actually sits down and actually does something about the bus lanes, helping the traffic flow and the parking charges then Colchester will continue to evolve into a donut town with the only viable retail areas being out of town.[/p][/quote]I work in Ipswich - so am there 5 days a week. Sorry but it is an absolute s**t hole! Whilst the market may do well the rest of the town centre is dying - they have two empty dated shopping centres and the a load of pound stores! I was talking about the town centre not the traffic and parking issues! Colchester town centre is better! Our traffic and parking are not! Rnbboy
  • Score: 0

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