Your say: How would you improve Holt?

People in Holt.

Clockwise from top left: Alan Webb; Lisa Webb; Eric Cork; David Leeming; Siobhan Leeming; Julie Nelson. - Credit: Daniel Hickey

Holt has gone through some ups and downs over recent years.

At the beginning of 2019, there were 14 vacant shops on Holt High Street - but the town fought back against the trend when a scheme set up by its chamber of trade saw 11 of those units occupied by local shops.

Then in June 2020 the town's only supermarket, Budgens, was destroyed in a massive fire, with work on its replacement beginning last week.

Holt town centre. Pictures: David Bale

Holt town centre. Pictures: David Bale - Credit: Archant

But there have been concerns that the town does not provide enough of a variety of shops for people of all incomes. So is there room for improvement?

Our reporter Daniel Hickey went to Holt to ask people the question.

Alan Webb, from Diss.

Alan Webb, from Diss. - Credit: Daniel Hickey

Alan and Lisa Webb, who are from Diss, regularly visit Holt to see Mrs Webb's parents.

Mr Webb said: "I reckon it could do with another supermarket. I think that Budgens have had a monopoly for too long and I think it needs a bit of competition."

Lisa Webb from Diss

Lisa Webb, from Diss. Her parents live in Holt. - Credit: Daniel Hickey

Mrs Webb said: "My parents have struggled in terms of shopping."

She added that some of the town's shops are "too expensive".

Eric Cork, from Hellesdon, in Holt.

Eric Cork, from Hellesdon, was shopping in Holt. - Credit: Daniel Hickey

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Eric Cork, from Hellesdon, who was shopping in the town, said: "It needs a better carpark. There is no proper carpark. Otherwise it's a lovely town and the shops are good.

"I like to come here shopping. It's a lovely place," he added.

David Leeming, 75, from Norwich, in Holt.

David Leeming, 75, from Norwich, was shopping in Holt. - Credit: Daniel Hickey

David Leeming, 75, who is from Norwich and was shopping in the town, said: "There isn't enough parking.

"And it has taken forever to rebuild the supermarket.

"Shopping is good but expensive," he added.

Julie Nelson of Nelson's Eye Patch opticians in Holt.

Julie Nelson runs Nelson's Eye Patch opticians in Holt. - Credit: Daniel Hickey

Julie Nelson, who runs Nelson's Eye Patch opticians on Shirehall Plain, also said that parking needed to be improved.

"I've had a business in the town for 27 years and it's a constant cause of issues.

"There should be more parking.

"I live in west Norfolk and I have lots of neighbours who have never been to Holt because when they come here they have a look but all the free parking is gone and they head off to Sheringham or Cromer instead."