High street

  • A battle cry for strong councils

    21 June 2022

    Communities suffer when Government is centralised, says leader of the Lib Dems Sir Ed Davey – and he believes local government is vital to fixing many of the issues that plague society.


  • What's lurking in the shadows?

    14 June 2022

    Clare Thomas considers if better lighting is the key to making women feel safe on our streets again and offers advice to councils who are planning a lighting redesign.


  • Clause 16 could 'emasculate' districts

    18 May 2022

    The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill 'makes unacceptable provision to transfer district functions to a county combined authority by regulations', says Ian Miller. The 'howling gap' is the lack of requirement for districts' consent, he adds.


  • The first steps towards fixing a damaged system?

    11 May 2022

    Local government will still be left to pick up the pieces of the cost of living crisis that the Queen’s Speech has failed to address, says Heather Jameson. There needs to be a new plan to make public services fit for purpose.


  • Highways improvement comes top of pre-elections poll

    21 April 2022

    Half of Britons believe the improvement of roads and pavements should be prioritised, according to a new poll ahead of the local elections.


  • Supporting Lewisham’s diverse retailers

    13 December 2021

    Cllr Damien Egan outlines how Lewisham is responding to a survey of the post-pandemic challenges faced by high street businesses, including black, Asian and minority ethnic retailers.


  • Committee urges ministers to review high street role

    10 December 2021

    MPs have urged ministers to review the role of high streets in their COVID-19 recovery strategy amid fears councils could lose further income through reforms.


  • Pop a local present under the tree this Christmas

    08 December 2021

    With just 15 shopping days left until Christmas, Kathy O'Leary says her council has been asking residents to shop local for the sake of the economy and the environment.


  • Levelling up – how to negotiate the challenges ahead

    01 December 2021

    Local Partnerships will host a lunchtime webinar to look at how councils can get maximum leverage though schemes with private partners and deliver projects that can be the catalyst for further investment.


  • Town centres reimagined

    20 October 2021

    There is no better time to start the complex and ever-evolving challenge of reinventing town centres, but the most successful regeneration stories share one thing, says Richard Sterling.


  • Let’s ditch ‘panel game’ funding

    06 October 2021

    Cllr John Merry talks to Ann McGauran about how Key Cities are faring as they look towards recovery, and says he’s approaching the White Paper on levelling up with an ‘open-minded spirit’.


  • Lifting up our high streets

    06 October 2021

    Engaging with and empowering communities are crucial to rejuvenating our high streets, and we must ensure citizens’ voices are heard and listened to, says Kathy Kyle Bonomini.


  • Street Hub 2.0 provides an opportunity to drive recovery

    04 October 2021

    James Browne looks at how digital infrastructure can support local authorities to enhance services for local communities.


  • Bracknell’s naturally creative approach to bringing people back to the town centre

    30 September 2021

    A gigantic partnership approach to reinvigorating Bracknell town centre linked to the borough’s tree strategy hit the mark this summer, says Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker.


  • Reimagining culture for our local communities

    17 September 2021

    Arts Council England will stand with local authorities that seize the chance to build a vibrant new reality for every place, born out of creativity, says Darren Henley.


  • Welsh councils must provide ‘ambitious leadership’ to revive high street

    02 September 2021

    Local authorities in Wales have been urged to use their existing powers and resources to make town centres sustainable.


  • The challenge of managing the return to the civic centre

    18 August 2021

    By and large, civic centre workers made a successful transition to home working, says Michael Burton. But councils will equally want to ensure that reducing their office space does not further reduce footfall in their town centres, he adds.


  • Creating a ‘great outdoors’ for our urban centres

    17 August 2021

    Accelerating much-needed renewal of high streets will depend on giving councils the freedom to develop and manage their own strategic place plans, writes Cllr Philip Broadhead.


  • Making high streets work for all

    17 August 2021

    Councils and businesses should work with local disabled people to identify solutions to make our high streets work for everyone, argues Ben Cooper.


  • Tourist hotspots see biggest boost from 'freedom day'

    12 August 2021

    Northern towns and tourist hotspots have seen the biggest rise in footfall since ‘freedom day’, while London is lagging behind, data has revealed.