09:02AM, Friday 29 March 2013
A DROP of 20,000 weekly shoppers has been reported in Windsor’s main shopping district since the recession started.
Martin Miranda, manager of King Edward Court shopping centre, broke the news to the Royal Borough’s visitor management forum at the Guildhall on Tuesday.
Martin Miranda, who is also secretary and treasurer of Windsor District Chamber of Commerce, broke the gloomy news to members of the Royal Borough's Visitor Management Forum when they met at the Guildhall on Tuesday.
He said: "That is significant, although numbers using our car park are only slightly down. This suggests that people coming to the town are not coming into the shopping centre."
Sue Watts, who manages the nearby Royal Windsor Shopping centre, reported an eight per cent drop in footfall. The centre is losing Goldsmiths, the jewellers, next month.
At the same meeting Windsor and Eton town centre manager Paul Roach described the signposting in Windsor as in desperate need of changing.
The Express reported two weeks ago that more than 44 shops in Windsor and Eton were gathering dust with footfall falling and traders reporting a tough start to the year.
More than 50 street parties are set to take place this weekend across the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and the surrounding areas.
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.