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is the Government putting appearances before security?

21 August 2012

The Government has rejected a proposal to cut planning restrictions on shop security shutters.

Last year’s riots prompted a consultation by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

A government spokesman said that: “police and councils had advised that relaxing these rules could have the opposite effect and increase crime and anti-social behaviour by giving High Streets the appearance of being under siege.”

The Association of Convenience Stores has questioned the Governments true commitment to cutting the red tape despite David Cameron acknowledging the difficulty shops faced to put up protective shutters. He had vowed to “weed out unnecessary planning regulations”

Our view is that retailers don’t need the added worry and costs of security issues in such a difficult economic climate. Surely the Government hasn’t forgotten the impact of the riots? The trouble is – the reasons behind them have not gone away.

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