Grantham is a thriving and bustling place to be

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there should be some optimism to the thriving “New Town centre” that is Westgate.

I write this as bumper crowds again descend within Westgate for the street market and give thought to the successful, mainly independent businesses that have opened during the last few years, ourselves included.

There is a vibrant, diverse and energetic spirit that exists whilst peering out of my window.

Together with established business successes in Westgate and landlords who hold a long-term rather than a short-term view, and encouragement and support to new and established businesses - Grantham can succeed. The Grantham people can help by shopping locally at independent retailers, which will encourage more businesses to enter the town - rather than shopping online. The glass is fuller than we think it is.

Martyn Wand and Andrea Buckley

Westgate