CHARLIE WELLS

Charlie Wells
Online shopping threatens the rural idyll
18 January 2018

Online shopping is certainly convenient, saving time and often money compared with getting in the car and visiting your local high street or shopping centre. But the sad fact is that online shopping is ruining the peace and tranquillity of our villages and country lanes.

Indeed, the nature of previously peaceful areas has completely changed. Not only in the run-up to Christmas but throughout the year, a vast number of vans and lorries are dashing around country lanes making deliveries. Just before Christmas, we had four different vans turn up one Saturday to deliver five separate items. We are not alone and the nation’s obsession with, and shift to, online shopping means the dynamic of previously quiet country lanes and villages has completely altered, perhaps forever.

Buyers often ask about traffic and road noise, and vehicle movements, when deciding whether to buy a property. That concept has changed dramatically by the rapid growth of online shopping and one we, as buying agents, must take into account when assessing a property’s suitability. If you are buying in a no-through village where children could previously cycle safely around the country lanes, you may now find that sadly this is no longer the case, which could well affect your decision to buy.

Not only that, but there is a very real threat of drones delivering packages in the future, hovering over villages and producing yet another blight on our countryside. Perhaps it’s time to create a central drop-off point in every village where parcels are left and then collected by the recipients, removing the need for the sheer volume of traffic in once-peaceful country lanes?

 

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