Renewed government focus to boost footfall

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STRUGGLING high streets can get the tools they need to increase footfall through a government initiative.

Workshops and action packs have been developed so communities can access the advice quickly.

The scheme, led by high streets minister Penny Mordaunt, aims to bring life back to parades, shopping streets and retail centres.

City MP Ms Mordaunt said: ‘There is enormous potential for our high streets and the action pack ensures people have the tools to bring life back to their streets.’

The government is supporting high streets as part of its long-term economic plan and has provided local shops and businesses with a billion pound package of investment.

It backed the popular Great British High Street competition that saw 135 towns and villages across the UK battle it out for the coveted title of best high street.

Bishop’s Waltham was runner-up in the market towns category, only narrowly losing out to Belper, Derbyshire.

This renewed government focus has led to a high street revival with figures showing that year-on-year average weekly retail sales increased by 4.8 per cent in January.

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