So we should rejoice that Poundland and Greggs have come to town.
Well it comes to something when Poundland is the big boast. There is some reality avoidance going on here.
Grantham is doing a lot worse than Newark or Stamford and the planning mistakes have a lot to do with it.
I hope that the Market Place and Westgate look good with most of the cars taken out. No scope for compromise. Do it properly.
But there is a huge backlog to be tackled before Grantham will be up to scratch. Then there are individual buildings, such as Gravity on Market Place, which will have to be tackled and, yes, some expenditure will inevitably be involved.
The idea of another glitzy shopping mall is just laughable, quite frankly,