Shoppers flocking to the high street to spend, survey claims

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DONCASTER’S’ high street is among the most resilient in the country for shopping, according to a survey.

Shopping bosses and civic leaders have backed the findings which say the borough is bucking the national trend of falling sales as the effects of the recession continue to bite.

The research, carried out for a Sunday newspaper, said Doncaster has seen an increase in the number of people visiting shops as well as spending over the past few years. It placed Doncaster as the most resilient high street in the country.

A Frenchgate Centre spokesman said on average 49,893 passed through the centre daily.

He said: “This news confirms what many people in Doncaster know - this is a great town with an exceptionally strong retail offering.”

“From the high street to the market we have such a diverse and strong mix of independent and national businesses that cater for all tastes. It is great that the town has been recognised for that.”

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies added the survey reflected the strength of Doncaster’s shops.

He said: “What makes our town special is the fact that it is not just another ‘clone’ high street.

“We have all the famous names, but a good mix of local businesses offering high quality goods and services too.

“This combined with the Frenchgate Centre and Britain’s best market makes Doncaster a shopping destination that is unrivalled across the region.”

But market trader Mick Maye, a former Doncaster councillor, who has been on the market for 40 years, said he was concerned about the state of the town centre.

He said: “When I look at all the empty shops, I can’t see where they are getting this from.”