In reply to the letter headed Catering for the tourists (Gazette & Herald, June 3), I was shocked to read that a Helmsley resident (Janet Snowdon) had written that a majority of Helmsley residents are sick of the “twee little shops” selling gifts.

As a resident myself, I am totally unaware of this feeling, nor have heard other people mention it. If there were no “unique shops”, for which this quaint market town is renowned, tourists would not visit.

I know of no residents who have spoken in favour of “another chippy” in Helmsley, but know of many residents who have opposed this planning application.

The reference to employment created was a very good point. However, with local shops /cafés etc placing signs in their shop windows advertising for staff, it seems to give the impression that there are already more positions available than people to absorb these roles.

D Murphy, Helmsley