Some retailers have expressed concern that their voices will not be heard.
The Public flood defence meeting being held tomorrow morning is difficult if not impossible for most retailers to attend. Saturday morning is the busiest time of the week for the retailers and in most businesses there simply aren't enough staff to allow the owner/manager to take time out to attend the meeting.
One retailer said, "I only heard about the meeting yesterday and I simply cannot rearrange cover in time for me to attend. Why the meeting couldn't have been held later in the afternoon when the shops are quiet or at closing time I don't know."