I fully agree with Brian Clark (Business Costs, News Views, July 20) that empty shops in Newark need filling.

There could be a McDonalds, KFC or Burger King, all of which families use when visiting other towns to shop.

The council needs to attract some bigger stores, such as Primark and Debenhams, to encourage shoppers to use our town.

The Buttermarket is under-used because businesses cannot afford the rents.On a recent visit to Scarborough I was impressed with its indoor market selling fruits and vegetables, sweets, meat, etc.

We were led to believe that Dunelm and The Range might be coming to town, but we are still waiting.

New houses are being built but our shopping centre is inadequate ­— we need more shops to suit younger people.

There is also a lack of filling stations. The Asda one is always full and awkward to access on a busy day.

The council refused Morrisons on traffic grounds, so why was Asda granted theirs?

We used to have two filling stations in Balderton, now we have none.

There also used to be two on Bowbridge Road and now there is only one. ­— J. EDWARDS, Browning Road, Balderton.