Mike Lever from Chelford in Cheshire is one of hundreds of villagers lamenting the closure of his local village store.
‘I drove past it every couple of days on my way to Tesco,’ he said today. ‘It always looked so attractive with its rustic window display and traditional outside stall – I’ll really miss it.’
Lever admitted that the main reason he shops at Tesco is because of the low prices. ‘We had a few friends round for a BBQ, and at 79p for 24, those Tesco Value sausages are a bargain. I imagine that the village store would have been much more expensive.’
‘I also used to think about going for a pint at the local village pub, but that’s closed now, so I’ll have to stick to the £1.99 for four super-strength lagers that I’ve been drinking for the past 15 years.’
With traditional English village life set to change forever through the closure of shops and pubs, Lever re-iterated his intention to protect the local green belt.
‘There’s enough houses and roads round here, and allowing development would be another tragedy. Although a new by-pass would save me 20 minutes each day when I drive to work.’