Bognor Regis Herald: Civic Society leader challenged over negative charity shop views/ + Hugh Coster replies update

Toyubar Raham, Town Centre Manager

Now Bognor Regis Town Councillor, Jan Cosgrove, has weighed in by attacking Mr Coster for negative views about local charity shops. “Mr Coster repeats the worn-out cliche about these excellent and active examples of local social commerce/trading, but he might like to consider some inconvenient facts about his out-of-date and insulting/patronising views.

Firstly, if he ever bothered to check the charity shops in town by going into them or even poking his sniffy nose through the door, he’d see that the one immediately obvious thing is that they are distinctly browsable! They are always full of people doing just that, and often they are Visitors, whose increase is one of CiViC’s mantras! Secondly they employ, at no cost, many dedicated local residents with hours and skills to give, worth quite a bit in wages-value, and some of whom are themselves benefitting by e.g. work experience, therapeutic activity etc which again has been assigned economic value.”

Councillor Cosgrove
Bognor Precinct: Chestnut Tree House Shop at 1 year, with volunteers and staff

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Jan Cosgrove

Jan Cosgrove

National Secretary of Fair Play for Children, Also runs Bognor Regis Herald online. Plus runs British Music Radio online