Supermarkets have created a ‘ghost town’

Lord Oakeshott said Grantham is "almost a ghost town".

Lord Oakeshott said Grantham is "almost a ghost town".

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GRANTHAM town centre is almost a ghost town.

That is the view of Lord Matthew Oakeshott, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours show on Wednesday.

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay is co-founder of an investment group responsible for nearly £400 million worth of shopping space across the UK.

Speaking on the state of town centres, Lord Oakeshott said: “Stamford in Lincolnshire is a lovely town and has no empty shops in the High Street at all. Grantham, 20 miles away, also is quite prosperous but because far too many supermarkets have been allowed the town centre is almost a ghost town.”

Lord Oakeshott added that supermarkets should be built within walking distance of High Streets and put some of the blame on supermarkets selling such a wide range of products, becoming “category killers”.