A BUSINESSMAN has branded Coleraine town centre “a sinking ship” and called on Council to fund “a strong plan” to breathe new life into its struggling high street.
Gareth A. Boyd is the founder and Director of Boyd Restaurants Group, with sites such as Logans Restaurant & Café, Cloughmills, Boyds Café, Ballymoney and Edition Café in Coleraine.
He told the Chronicle: “Coleraine was once regarded as one of the most successful high streets, arguably in Northern Ireland. Today it bares a grim resemblance to a sinking ship.
“Landlords are demanding rent that doesn’t reflect today’s market value, rates are astronomical in comparison to the value we receive from the money we pay and that's why there is so many empty units or charity shops.
“We have a local council that has allowed a ‘BID’ to steam ahead with a plan of action which is lack lustre and low energy. It has similarities to pouring a kettle of hot water off the side of the Titanic onto an iceberg.”
*Read more on this inside this week's Chronicle.