Paisley in Renfrewshire in the West of Scotland used to be a busy town but not any more according to this damning report. Famous for the Paisley pattern and numerous cotton mills the town has a Abbey and a Cathedral.
William Wallace was born in Elderslie, about 3 miles away, attended school and was married in the Abbey. They also have St Mirren, a Scottish Premier League football team. They have a University. So what has gone wrong with Paisley??
Like mist towns, in Scotland, cheaper sites became available for huge supermarkets to set up along with other big stores. Deals were done over business rates and land rental which the small shop just could not get working on the High Street. The centre of the town was turned into pedestrian only, which makes it difficult for folks to carry bulky items a distance to their cars or to the nearest bus stop.
Shoppers soon found that superstores had the same items, cheaper, with a free car park outside. Bus Companies were not slow either. Small bus firms set up shuttle services from Johnstone, Linwood and Paisley to the big developments.
So the death knell of the small town rang out, but nobody bothered to try and do anything about it.