Why is council leader so slow on Co-op uptake?
SO most of Ilkeston Co-op is to close in about six months' time.
This has not come as any surprise to me. I think they have been trying to tell us something was wrong for a while.
We have all heard the adverts. "The Co-op, good with food".
No mention of clothes, electrical goods, shoes, curtains, bedding etc.
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It comes as no surprise, therefore, that the food hall is to continue in operation.
The question now is will the existing premises be kept in some sort of use, or be replaced by a more up-to-date building?
Will the Co-op still wish to continue with the food hall in Ilkeston or not?
If not, is there any will to try to attract someone else to take on the premises?
What will happen to the franchise outlets in there?
Councillor Alex Phillips, leader of the Erewash Labour Group, made a very passionate and emotional statement on behalf of the people of Ilkeston.
He likened the long history of the Co-op to the very blood and bones of Ilkeston, which was a very fitting tribute to what had been an Ilkeston institution, loved and cherished by so many.
The same, sadly, cannot be said for the leader of the council, Councillor Chris Corbett, as yet he is still to surface and get off the starting blocks on this issue.
Alas, no such rallying cry, no emotion, no acknowledgement of this sad day and a downright refusal to address the people he represents as leader of Erewash Borough Council on their impending loss.
He may be a Long Eaton councillor but, as leader, he has a duty to serve every last man, woman and child in Erewash.
For goodness sake, when are we going to hear from Corbett the reluctant?
Councillor John Frudd
Shadow Cabinet member for Economic Regeneration