Thursday, July 03, 2008

The Market Strikes back

a butchers bike, get one, you may need itThe International Energy Agency says diesel and petrol consumption in the UK has dropped by one fifth compared to a year ago.

Petrol sales fall 20pc as drivers feel the pinch – the Daily Telegraph

The rising cost of petrol has led to a severe downturn in the number of people visiting out-of-town shopping centres, figures suggest. Last month, out-of-town retail destinations experienced a 5.8 per cent fall in shopper numbers compared with the same month last year - The Daily Telegraph [no link].

Shopping centres hit by high cost of petrol – the FT

Time to Regenerate our High Streets folks. See next post.

3 comments:

  1. ""WRONG"" It should have "telgraphed the message" The kids are on Holiday so no more wasteful school runs.

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  2. If I can borrow the bike in the picture I can take the wife shopping.

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  3. 'Wasteful' school runs.

    Undoubtedly, there are some parents who insist on driving their children 200 yards to school, but consider the following:

    Recent govts (and societal trends) have pushed young mothers into work;

    the notion of automatically getting your child(ren) into the nearest primary school to your home has vanished;

    mum and dad have to get to work by a set time, one child is at a primary school one-and-a-half miles west of home, another child is at a school 2 miles east of home - the notion of having a quiet stroll to school and back (including lunch at home), such I did with my children when they attended Redbridge Primary in the 70's, has virtually disappeared, and cars become an absolute necessity.

    Surely, this is a case where rigorously enforced catchment areas, at least for primary schools, should be re-introduced: over to you, Morris.

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