The latest monthly meeting of the Arbroath Town Centre Retailers’ Association saw more of the High Street turn out to show their support.
Chairman Chic Grant welcomed new faces from M&Co., Boots, Darlings Coffee Shop and Samuels, and the group discussed the forthcoming Tartan Day events and the continued state of disrepair of Arbroath High Street.
Chewing gum and takeaway debris were identified as the main bugbears and the group is looking at ways to make the shopping precinct more appealing.
A poster competition is being prepared on the theme of keeping Arbroath tidy which will be open to schools and community groups.
On Tuesday a clean up outside M&Co. Has been planned and hanging baskets will be put up.
Mr Grant said: “What we would like to do is ask all of the shops in the High Street to turn the clock back, go outside and have a good long hard look at the appearance of your premises, if it’s dirty, clean it, if it needs painting, paint it, if the pavement around your shop has weeds growing, weed it, basically do what all good retailers used to do keep the outside of your shop looking clean and tidy.
“We have asked that all the For Sale and To Let signs be removed from the outside of the buildings and put inside.
Aberdeen has done it Aviemore has done it, as have various other towns. Angus Council can we do it here too please?
He concluded: “Arbroath will not attract businesses to the High Street until some of these fundamental issues are dealt with. We have to start somewhere and making the main shopping area in the town look better is just the first step on a long road.”