THE boss of Colchester Council has written to Debenhams requesting a meeting over the future of the chain store's presence in the town.

The high street giant has announced it would be closing 50 stores across the UK as the chain struggles financially with difficult trading conditions.

As of yet, it has not said which stores will be going.

But Adrian Pritchard, chief executive of Colchester Council, has written to his Debenhams counterpart, Sergio Bucher, urging the company to put its faith in the town's Culver Square store.

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Mr Pritchard wrote: "I write on behalf of the cabinet of Colchester Borough Council to express our collective support to the store and the company in keeping Debenhams in Colchester town centre

given its long standing and prominence in the heart of Colchester, and the vital role Debenhams plays in our local economy."

He added: "I was saddened by the news that Debenhams plans to close 50 stores nationally.

"We recognise the challenges and market forces affecting the retail sector at this time and we fully support Debenhams as it continues to trade in Colchester.

"Finally, I would like to extend to you the offer of a meeting with the Council’s Leader and myself to discuss your position on Colchester and the store’s future."