Got that wrong again Local - nothing wrong with retail chains - like drink - OK in moderation. Frome needs enough to give choice but not of such a great number and size that they kill of non-chain shops in the town. That would reduce variety. It is remarkable for instance how many chain clothing stores resemble each other in the type of clothes offered. Costa has come to town and has not crushed the locals coffee shops. But if Cafe Nero or Starbucks(no tax) also came then it would restrict choice since they resemble each other so much.
Catherine Hill don't go there if you don't like cobbles. It amuses me that people may complain about Catherine Hill but rave about the quaint picturesque streets abroad in Dinant or or the villages of Italy to which tourists flock in hundreds of thousands.
We want a town centre not a centre of town. We need shops, and ones we can shop at instead of keep going out of town to do so. Burlesque style haberdashery is not what the overwhelming number of residents want, otherwise Sainsbury's and Asda car parks would be empty like Market Yard. Are they? Me thinks not!
more exaggeration "burlesques style haberdashery`" was not mentioned by me or anyone else on this board. What shops you get in town will be decided to some degree by the retailing groups. Some of the bigger ones will take a look at the zone and decide if they have one of their stores in the zone they will not build another within 12 miles relying on their attraction to pull in people from that distance in their cars. So some of the names you see in Bath or Trowbridge will not come to Frome as it is too small and they already achieve sale to people living in Frome without going to the expense of building another store