world : Your Voice, Your Vote: Make my high street nice again

world : Your Voice, Your Vote: Make my high street nice again
world : Your Voice, Your Vote: Make my high street nice again

Thursday 13 June 2024 08:45 AM

Nafeza 2 world - His wife, 62, agrees and called for spaces "where people want to be".

"It’s just a route into Newcastle, so what I would like is some investment to make it back into a high street."

Most retailers are based in and around Trinity Square, which backs onto Gateshead High Street, and houses a Tesco and cinema.

Labour-led Gateshead Council also has "ambitious plans" to regenerate High Street South, although it said they have been delayed by the pandemic.

The council has previously said "many millions" had been invested into the area.

In July 2023, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) reported that Britain lost 6,000 retail outlets over the past five years, with the North East having the highest rate of empty storefronts.

How the parties plan to tackle the issue:

  • In their manifesto, the Conservatives say they want to change planning laws to support places to bring back local market days and regenerate defunct shopping centres. It also pledged a business rates support package worth £4.3bn over the next five years to support small businesses and the high street

  • Labour says it will revamp empty shops, pubs and community spaces through "right to buy" community assets to stop empty premises. Its five point plan includes replacing business rates with a system of business property taxation

A full list of candidates standing in Gateshead Central and Whickham, as well as every seat across the UK, can be seen here.

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