In an excellent, recently published book of old photographs and comments on life long ago in our village, there is one description which stands out from all the rest.
The author, a well respected shop owner and friend, mentioned that: -
'There are a number of villages in the vicinity that have no shops at all. Closed shops converted to residential use are frequently required by planning legislation to retain their plate glass display windows.
The reason for this token to a shop-like facade is only known to the authorities, but there is a loss of heat and privacy for the occupants and the practice clearly highlights a village in decline'
Give that man a Knighthood! He understands everything our failed politicians want to disregard.