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Parliamentary meeting: High Streets at the Heart of our Communities

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"So for our high streets to thrive they must offer something new and different. But for this to happen it is local people who must take control, developing the vision for the future of their high streets and putting their energy and enthusiam into making it a reality."

David Cameron MP, Prime Minister, March 2012

The Government's announcement in December 2018, launching the Future High Streets Fund, has sparked a renewed interest in securing the future of our high streets. The Government's £650 million fund is designed to help those wanting to transform their town centre and reclaim their role at the heart of the community. The dominance of supermarkets and chain stores has long been a feature of UK life: travel writer Bill Bryson rued the loss of Britain’s once-diverse high streets in his Notes from a Small Island almost two decades ago; the New Economics Foundation (NEF) coined the term ‘clone town’ in a 2005 report to describe those overrun by large, generic retailers.

Nonetheless, is the high street dead or are communities turning against the trend of clone towns and everywhere looking the same? Is the key to the future of the high street differentiation and using the historic environment as an asset?

The future of the high street requires collaborative planning, long term visioning and the historic environment as its USP, but how do we make that happen?

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Jake Berry MP, High Streets Minister

Louise Brennan, Historic England

Emma Robinson, Barnes Community Association

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