The disastrous news of the collapse of both Debenhams and Arcadia has significant consequences for the retail sector in Dunfermline. Liberal Democrat candidate for Dunfermline Aude Boubaker-Calder and Liberal Democrat Councillor for Dunfermline South James Calder have called for urgent action by Fife Council and the Scottish Government.
Aude Boubaker-Calder has said, “As someone who works for a small retail business in Dunfermline, I know how difficult the last few months have been. The collapse of Debenhams and Arcadia will leave a major gap in our shopping landscape and will impact other businesses.
“The Scottish Government needs to take further action to help save Scotland’s retail- both local shops and national chains- which desperately need it. We need urgent support to ensure we avoid a complete economic collapse and to keep things ticking over until things return to normal.”
James Calder added, “Dunfermline’s retail economy has been hit drastically over the past few months. While it is welcome that Fife Council have listened to me and put forward free Sunday parking over winter, more must be done.
“I would urge the Council to consider further initiatives to encourage people to support local businesses. This could include parking or public transport - but we need action now to save Dunfermline’s City Centre.”