Welcome it rather than fear it

I WRITE in response to your front page article of April 28, “Businesses’ fears over Wetherspoon pub bid”.

What a surprise it was to read that, Lynne Midwinter, the spokesperson for Todmorden Business Association, expressed the concern that any such proposal may have a damaging effect on other local business ventures.

Maybe they would rather see the White Hart follow in the footsteps of its near neighbours, the Abraham Ormerod Centre and the old cinema.

Both of these sites, together with the other derelict eyesore down the Halifax Road, have been the source of similar resistance to positive change.

At least we can be assured that any refurbishment of the White Hart will be undertaken sympathetically, if Wetherspoons in other towns are used as a yardstick.

If it goes ahead, it will provide a source of employment for locals as well as bringing people, and their money, into the town.

It should also complement the other drinking and eating establishments in town and, as such, should be welcomed rather than feared.

Vincent Mulligan,

Wellington Road,

Todmorden.