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retail taskforce faces a mammoth task

31 October 2012

Following closely in the footsteps of Mary Portas, the Distressed Retail Property Taskforce has been armed with the ‘task’ of reducing the amount of empty and dilapidated shops in the UK towns and cities.

Its objective over the next six months is to identify the true extent of the problem and the towns most affected. With new studies reporting the rate of empty shops being higher now than when the financial crisis hit serious action needs to be taken to resolve this problem.

Perhaps, we should recognise our traditional town centres are no more and utilise the space in ways which will greatly benefit the communities they are designed to serve. Or, if retail is to be brought back to the high streets, then serious action needs to be taken before the situation worsens. This is certainly a mammoth of a task which Mark Williams, chairman of the Taskforce recognises “will require public and private sectors coming together to find ways of financing these changes”.

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