Protecting our independent traders means paying more

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Regular readers will know how fond I am of Lee-on-the-Solent and its shops.

There are independents selling everything one could need, including a bakers, butchers, green grocers etc.

They’ve somehow managed to overcome the out of town noose which strangles other high streets.

Perhaps that is due to the relative age of a large proportion of the residents and their lack of mobility?

But now I hear that a Tesco Express is going in.

Will that, along with the big supermarket being built in Fareham, spell doom for Lee?

I sincerely hope that, as shoppers, we can continue to protect all the loveliness of Lee.

But to do that we might have to accept that the price to pay for non-anodyne fare is a few pence more.