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Letter: Small firms' SOS.

Byline: Wayne Colquhoun

IT was a great press scoop day. Sir Terry Leahy, Tesco boss from Belle Vale, back in Liverpool leading the renewal of the city for Liverpool Vision.

Mr Leahy is an excellent businessman, but also a purveyor of boring and bland architecture with car parks attached.

His company has helped ruin most high streets by undercutting small commerces, building boring B&Qstyle sheds, turning whole areas into Tesco zones, always going for demolition without any sentimental attachment for the small businessman.

Small businesses are dropping like flies. Businesses that have traded for decades are being turfed out or compulsorily purchased to make way for half-empty tower blocks when the retail sector is about to freefall.

All the warnings are there. Capital of Culture is not the end of our problems, it could be the start. If we do not start paying attention to those small commerces that will lead in 2008, we are going to make all the same mistakes as Glasgow did.

We achieved Capital of Culture for the architecture our forebears left us.

I wonder what our generation will be remembered for.

Wayne Colquhoun, L'pool Preservation Trust, L2
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 25, 2005
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