The President's Heartbeat Message
23rd January 2017
I am grateful to Emma Slee, Editor at the Western Gazette for publishing my piece ‘Works Prepare Town For Growth’ which appeared on p.18 of the 19th January edition. Yeovil (and in particular the town centre business community) needs all the support it can get during the much-needed roadworks. Somerset County Council Highways team are doing the best they can under very challenging requirements. Just because we have to spend longer than we expect in our cars, or take a different route, to avoid roadworks is no reason to bash Yeovil. Yeovil has been earmarked as a growth town by central Government, and the business community is responding positively to the opportunities and challenges opening up in and around the town. Also, there a lot of people coming together to encourage open, collective thinking and action, which will ultimately, be for the benefit of those who live and work in Yeovil. Road works are a necessary part of the growth pains. Negativity is corrosive. If you have a gripe, channel it through Chamber – that’s what we’re here for, via our connections with local, regional and national government and other stakeholders in the business community. Airing your rage in public won’t make the problem go away, and sends subliminal messages that will spin your cry for help into a message for investors, visitors and shoppers to go elsewhere. Don’t inadvertently throw the baby out with the bathwater; Yeovil is open for business, and that is what we need to be trumpeting from the rooftops, to anyone who might be listening. Roadworks are temporary; careless talk costs livelihoods.
David Woan - President, Yeovil Chamber
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