Odds against village shop

Philip Wilson with the petition asking for a National Lottery machine in Dove Holes
Philip Wilson with the petition asking for a National Lottery machine in Dove Holes

IT COULD be you — except if you live in Dove Holes!

The endeavours of a local village shop to increase the services it offers to customers is putting it at loggerheads with National Lottery operator Camelot Group.

Philip Wilson with the petition asking for a National Lottery machine in Dove Holes

Philip Wilson with the petition asking for a National Lottery machine in Dove Holes

Repeated requests by The Village Store for a lottery terminal have gone unanswered, meaning residents currently have to travel to neighbouring Chapel-en-le-Frith or Buxton in order to purchase a ticket.

Now the independent shop, situated on the main A6 in Dove Holes, has asked its shoppers to sign a petition, and even approached High Peak MP Andrew Bingham for support.

Assistant manager Philip Wilson said there was demand for an outlet in the village, especially as a round trip to Buxton cost around £4.

“This is actually a very brave venture, because in some ways the odds are stacked against village shops,” he said.

“The more services we can offer, the more vibrant the community.”

Supporting the campaign, Mr Bingham said: “Local village stores are an essential hub of community life, and I applaud their efforts to increase the amount of services they offer to local residents. Hopefully they will get a positive response from Camelot soon.”

The Advertiser contacted Camelot for a comment, but nobody had replied as we went to press.