MP finds out how revamped village shops are faring

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MEON Valley MP George Hollingbery will visit shops in Cowplain to talk to shopkeepers about how the area is faring in tough economic times.

Mr Hollingbery will tour shops in London Road on Friday to meet the owners and listen to any issues they may have.

The area has seen a upturn of late, with a new fish and chip shop and several refurbishments.

It means the parade of shops is now almost completely let and is getting busier.

Mr Hollingbery said: ‘These shops – many of them independent – cater to local people and are the real life blood of communities and local enterprise and it’s great news that the area is doing so well with many thriving businesses that employ people.

‘Business owners are busy people who sometimes get overlooked or do not have the time to always engage with politicians.’