Buckley Council exploring plans to limit charity shop numbers in town


Owen Evans

A council is exploring plans to limit the number of charity shops it allows in its town centre.

Members of Buckley Town Council have agreed to look into whether powers can be implemented to limit how many of the stores are opened in the town.

During a meeting on Tuesday, concerns were raised that there were too many opening at the expense of other shops in the town.

Buckley councillor Carol Ellis said: “I was listening to a Radio 2 programme the other day where a town was putting forward proposals to limit the amount of charity shops that could be opened because, very much like Buckley, it was overrun by charity shops.

“I wondered if it is something we could look into.

“We have got more and more coming and now we have got less shops with people saying they cannot buy the things they want to buy.”

Members of the council agreed that the idea was one that should be explored.

Buckley’s town centre manager Andy White added that there may be a downturn in the number of new charity shops opening in the town when changes to the business rates relief system come into place.

It would mean charity shops receive less favourable discounts compared to those they now get.

In 2011, retail consultant Mary Portas came under fire after calling for a cap on the number of charity shops being allowed on the high street.

The Charity Retail Association slammed Ms Portas’ proposal – which were made to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Town Centres – claiming the plan would likely lead to more empty shops in town centres.

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