Shop bag tax to boost cinema plan

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On October 20 the Scottish Government’s carrier bag tax comes into force. From that date all retailers must charge 5p when a bag is issued for purchases.

But at least two local businesses have decided to put the tax to the benefit of the town and will donate all the income to the Playhouse Cinema Project.

Yvonne Thow, proprietor of Chique, John Street, said: “The money is better going to a good cause, and I’ve got a little box here for people to make extra donations.

“The cinema will bring people to the town and it will be good for local businesses.”

And at Next To You, Murray Street, Lynn McComiskie told us: “I think all local businesses should do it. The cinema can’t come quickly enough!

“There are lots of independently owned shops in Montrose and if we all pull together the town will have something amazing to offer,”

David Paton, driving force behind the project told the Review: “The Playhouse team are delighted that the businesses and people of Montrose are getting behind us on the project it really shows how much this project is needed in the town. Thanks so much to both shops for their efforts.”