Help For The High Street

Please see below an excerpt from a recent BBC report on the regeneration of the High Street.
‘Britain has twice as many shops as it needs, according to the author of a report looking at how to revive the nation’s High Streets.
Retailer Sir John Timpson said local councils must be given more money to turn town centres into communities and meeting places.
Sir John told the BBC revival should be a “bottom up” job, with councils taking the lead.
“People should be allowed to get on and do it themselves,” he said.
Sir John, a member of the founding-family of shoe repair and key-cutting business Timpson, said each town centre needed to establish a task force to address issues such as planning. He said “planning must be made simpler and quicker”.’
The report wants the £675m already announced in the Budget for High Street improvements to be spent at the local level to improve public spaces and transport links.
Sir John told BBC Breakfast that reviving High Streets and town centres was not just about shopping. “It’s about communities and creating a hub for entertainment, medical facilities, housing. We probably have about twice as many shops as we need. But we are short of housing”.’
Burntwood Action Group believe that Sankeys Corner falls exactly into the category described above and have already set out such a scheme in their vision for a better Burntwood, which both BTC and LDC are well aware of.
We have further urged BTC to investigate this funding initiative and to make an application for funds at the earliest opportunity.
We will continue to press both local councils to ensure that this opportunity is pursued with vigour.

Leave a Reply