Plus: Sheffield Council is wasting high street improvements funding on PR. A glimmer of hope in Croydon.
Posts Tagged: High Streets
The problem is that spiralling spending demands quickly use up the options which voters don’t notice. Eventually you need other big sources of revenue,
It would be easy to write off the attitude of both as ‘only little earthlings pay taxes’, but the current taxation system allows them to get away with it.
It now needs to get real. This is clearly the plan in the next few months, starting with the Queen’s Speech tomorrow, leading to the Levelling Up paper.
Amazon should not be allowed to further undermine the high street with soulless, automated shops that the public neither need nor want.
Providing local, flexible, workspaces could replace millions of daily commutes which only serve to harm the environment.
We should be converting more shops. It is not just a question of creating homes. Our town centres desperately need an economic vaccine.
The Budget should be a big reset moment for post-Brexit, post-Covid Britain. It risks being lost amidst a rush to tax rises.
It will probe whether or or not Sunak can prepare the country for that future – and perhaps succeed Johnson himself, “one fine day”.
Richard Holden: The Chancellor shouldn’t try to win a spending arms race with Labour – which we would lose anyway
Perhaps the simplest way of putting it is: it’s all about economic credibility, stupid. Because come 2024, it certainly will be.
There is real anger in Stratford-upon-Avon as the number of empty shops continues to grow.
The Government can do a lot in a short space of time. A key question should be: how do we make these towns nicer places to live?
While retail still has its place, trying to maintain its presence on the high street through artificial advantage is clearly no longer viable.
Rather than impose new burdens, we should be offering free parking to help revive local businesses.
A proposed transformation would move away from the reliance on big anchor stores and create 1,300 new homes – all on reclaimed brownfield sites.
Councils should do more to share premises, such as libraries and office reception areas. So should post offices.