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No new shopping centres

Dear Editor,

Thank goodness for that! Why has it taken these planners and consultants so long to realise that people’s spending power does not increase to match all the millions of square metres of shopping centre space which have been invading Europe over recent years?

And maybe this slowdown in retail construction will at long last halt the ‘waterproofing’ of our continent’s land surface. All these square metres of concrete cover mean that rain water cannot seep naturally down into the earth, but instead is likely to cause the sort of flooding which devastated Madeira two years ago.

The closure of LeClerc, for example, with delapidated buildings and deserted carparks, should now surely point out that enough is enough, and really too much.

Sheila Watts