The author of a landmark report on the future of retail, he wants to see a major policy shifts to ensure that once popular towns are not blighted by boarded-up empty shops.
And, while this has been made even more urgent by the Covid pandemic, it’s up to local towns, and civic leaders, to make the best use of the space open to them if they’re to attract visitors in safe numbers.
Take Beverley and plans to part-pedestrianise its famous Saturday Market. Already one of Yorkshire’s most popular towns, with its Minster, eclectic shops, hospitality venues and nearby Westwood, its plans to reconfigure the area – and, in turn, make it easier for shoppers to social distance – are prescient.
For, if they do work, they will give families more reason – not less – to visit Beverley in the future.
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