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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Let's save the High Street- and how we can do it

This piece of mine appears in the Sunday Express.

WOOLWORTHS. Littlewoods. Allders. Clinton Cards. And now Jessops. Last week the photography chain became the latest in a growing list of familiar names to disappear from our high streets.

Politicians tell us how concerned they are about “saving the high street” but although there have been initiatives aplenty (the Coalition has pledged a £5.5million package of support for 400 high streets in response to the 2011 Portas Review) the situation seems to be getting worse. In November, figures revealed one in nine shops in UK town centres was empty.

You can read the whole article here.

1 comment:

Undergroundman said...

Neil. If you haven't got it already, Paul Kingsnorth's book 'Real England-The Battle Against the Bland is one of the best reads on the dreary cityscape of clone towns, the decline of individual pubs, the conversion of British Waterways into a profit driven corporate style entity ripe for privatisation and the destruction of the sense of place vital to England's identity.