Plans for new charity shop on Water Lane


A charity has submitted a planning application to erect new signage at a retail outlet on Water Lane.

Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd have also applied to decorate the shop front at 16 Water Lane in black with contrasting red handles to enable them to open a clothing accessories boutique in the premises which were previously occupied by the East women's clothes shop which closed in June as the company went into administration on Monday, 22nd June.

The shop will sell quality donated goods including clothes, accessories, bric-a-brac and household goods. Profits from the shop are gift-aided to The Salvation Army to help fund its work throughout the UK. Homeless shelters, substance misuse centres and family tracing services are just some of the services The Salvation Army delivers.

Over the last five years alone, donations have allowed them to present over £35 million to The Salvation Army which has gone towards its work with people who are vulnerable or in need.

Salvation Army Charity Shop, Water Lane


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Mike Jones
Thursday 7th January 2016 at 11:02 am
Really? - another charity shop? I would like to see the local council doing more to promote the town as an active retail centre. It's in danger of becoming a glorified jumble sale.
Terry Roeves
Thursday 7th January 2016 at 2:11 pm
Several months ago I asked CEC what they were doing to help retailers in Wilmslow. Turns out that there is a lady on their payroll with the job spec of developing retail in the borough.
No reply was ever received. Can't say I was surprised. Perhaps others should try. It was a serious question and I hope that WTC are satisfied that we are getting good value. If not, then get the cash from CEC and do the job here.
Do we get good value?
Jon Williams
Thursday 7th January 2016 at 5:33 pm
A good charity, the Salvation Army to help fund its work throughout the UK. Homeless shelters, substance misuse centres and family tracing services are just some of the services and the mony made stay's in THIS country !
Dave Cash
Friday 8th January 2016 at 3:25 am
#Michael Jones Don't you mean Wilmslow Business Group, which WTC supports and has a voice?
Simon Worthington
Friday 8th January 2016 at 9:31 am
All very laudable I'm sure. £30K rent plus 50% rates getting on for another £10K. £40K plus of donors' cash going to a greedy landlord (rent was £25K five years ago -up 20%) and an even greedier council/government.
We already have two charidee shops within 30 meters. Do we need another junk shop on what should be a prestigious shopping street?
Is it not time these operations followed the herd and cut costs by selling online?
Stuart Redgard
Saturday 9th January 2016 at 2:01 am
I have bought more things and spent more money in the the charity shops in WIlmslow than I have from the "six" Jewellers in the town. Not a single item form them.

Not that I am against jewellers. I think there is room for all types of retail outlet on the high street. They all serve a purpose.
Oliver Romain
Saturday 9th January 2016 at 5:17 pm
I enjoy visiting the local charity shops. The staff and volunteers always have time for a friendly chat. They are a retail asset and there is clearly a demand for places to donate items and for people shopping in them.
If it weren't for charity shops in Wilmslow there would be a lot of empty shops. Its clear what is good for the town and it's not a nanny state dictating who rents which retail premises. Let the shoppers decide.
Simon Worthington
Monday 11th January 2016 at 12:26 pm
Much as they may be enjoyed the question is do they even pay their way? 50% discount on rates, dispensation from most employment law as staff are "volunteers", selling new goods with no VAT and competing with legitimate retailers providing jobs and paying all their taxes, chief execs on large salaries etc. etc. Perhaps if those "shopping" in these shops donated instead of scrabbling for bargains then we may have a job provider and lower rents instead.
Stuart Redgard
Thursday 14th January 2016 at 1:55 am

"competing with legitimate retailers providing .....and paying all their taxes" !!!!

Me thinks you might just be suffering from selective memory loss and not realise it.
These are just a few of the reason why I think so.

Starbucks, Vodafone, EE, O2 and Cafe Nero all have retail outlets in the town centre.

Are they what you would class as "prestigious" shops?
Rick Andrews
Thursday 21st January 2016 at 10:18 am
Better than another coffee shop.
Simon Worthington
Wednesday 3rd February 2016 at 1:01 pm
"Prestigeous shopping street"
Corporation tax for multinationals is a subject I am happy to debate however i was refering to market rents, full rates, VAT, employees paying taxes as they get a salary etc.