Nef Knows Best
Cambridge, university city of ancient colleges, spires and towers, of hidden gardens and river vistas, is betrayed by its high street shops, a new report claims.
Their lack of variety, and their domination by big chains, make Cambridge Britain's top "clone town", says the New Economics Foundation.
Five years ago the foundation came up with the concept of clone towns – urban areas which had lost their identity as global and national chain stores drove out local businesses.
A spokesman for Nef, Paul Hurst, said: "This is a warning that local diversity needs to be actively maintained and supported and won't necessarily survive on its own."
I'm sure Nef have wonderful plans for mandating what shops selling what goods are allowed to open where. The public is so stupid they don't know what they want and they must be told!