A SENIOR councillor has hit back at fresh concerns over the future of North End.
Traders fear the Portsmouth shopping district could be dead in five years time unless it’s given serious financial help.
While there has been a churn on shops in North End, there are many occupied units.Portsmouth Tory planning boss Luke Stubbs
But Tory planning boss Luke Stubbs insists things are not as bad as people make out.
He said: ‘While there has been a churn on shops in North End, there are many occupied units.
‘The proportion that are empty is below the national average. The city council is not a landowner in the area, and given the pressures on its budget, it’s wholly unrealistic to talk about reducing business rates at a time when it’s going to be difficult to provide all the services the council is legally obliged to deliver.’
A letter from Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt calling on the council is to go before a meeting on Tuesday.