The Dean of Peterborough is calling for M&S to think again about their plan to close their Queensgate store.

The Dean, The Very Revd Chris Dalliston, is worried about the effect the closure will have on the city centre and how it will impact on the city’s future development.

He said: “The loss of such a significant store poses a real threat to the vibrancy and viability of the city centre.

“Peterborough is a growing city, and a strong retail sector makes a vital contribution to the wider wellbeing of the whole community.

“We join others in asking M&S to reconsider and take the long view.”

A spokesperson for Peterborough Cathedral added: "Should M&S close in Queensgate, another city centre toilet will disappear for shoppers, leaving little provision for people in the city centre.

"The cathedral is still working with the council towards being able to provide an accessible changing space in our precincts, and we hope that we will be able to bring some positive news in that respect soon.

"In the meantime, the cathedral is able to offer level access toilets by the South Transept (male, female and disabled).

"We hope that those in need of the facilities would also take a few moments to enjoy the beautiful interior of the building, visit our lovely gift shop and perhaps visit Becket’s Traditional Tea Rooms as they leave the precincts.”

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Peterborough Matters: The Dean of Peterborough, The Very Revd Chris Dalliston