Wherever one looks in Newark there seems to be an empty shop and it is beginning to look like a a deserted town in a western film. What is wrong?

I think low overall footfall, coupled with high costs mean it is difficult for businesses to survive, let alone provide the owner with a half-decent living wage, set against their investment and overheads.

Suitable footfall is difficult to meet from Monday to Friday, so most businesses will need Saturday to survive.

I believe one of the difficulties is local authority attitudes to business.

Like any organisation directly linked to central government they don’t seem to fully grasp that they are 100% funded by the business sector and the public.

They do not seem to care that higher overheads lead to business failure.

They also do local businesses a disservice by allowing portable eating and drinking places in the Market Place on Saturdays ­— the busiest day of the week ­— under the noses of permanent town businesses.

Markets have a place, and traders who come week-in week-out in all weathers are welcome, but not those that take business from those that are in bricks and mortar properties.

If, say, 30% of local businesses decided enough was enough and closed down, where would councils get that financial contribution from?

On a slightly different matter, we have an infrastructure that is falling to pieces.It is high time there was a complete re-structuring of all aspects of control.

Councils have staff, they have equipment, but you rarely see anything happening.

It is the responsibility of management to use resources and finance correctly. ­— BRIAN CLARK, Hayside Avenue, Balderton.