City part of project to boost high streets

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A SCHEME that helps to increase footfall in our high streets is coming to Portsmouth.

The Business in the Community’s Healthy High Streets programme aims to increase footfall by 10 per cent, reduce the number of vacant properties by 20 per cent and stimulate the creation of new jobs in 100 towns over three years.

The programme launched in June last year and is backed by some of the UK’s biggest brands.

Portsmouth is one of 34 new towns and cities selected for the programme across the UK, bringing the total number of participating high streets to 67.

Business in the Community’s Peter Donohoe said: ‘One of the most powerful ways for business to make an impact in communities is by creating high streets that are vibrant places to live, work and do business.

‘It has been heartening to see first-hand the practical difference that collaborative, business-led action can make on UK high streets in just one year.

‘While there is much to be proud of about our High Streets Programme we also know that there is more work to be done.’

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