As lockdown eases we all know that our local businesses have been hit hard by not being able to trade over the past few months.

It was very sad to see so many closed shops and the usual buzz of Romsey lost during the lockdown.

As those measures now ease it is good to see local businesses getting back to trading but they need your help.

I spoke with one independent cafe owner in the town who told me that business is returning however, at a too slow a rate to support their operating.

I want to see our town's business thriving once more so I urge you to go out and BUY independent.

Let’s support our town's independent business to bounce back and thrive once again.

Cllr Nik Daas

Councillor for Romsey Abbey Ward