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UK High Streets 'have twice as many shops as needed'

Britain has twice as many shops as it needs, according to the author of a report looking at how to revive the nation's High Streets.
Retailer Sir John Timpson said local councils must be given more money to turn town centres into communities and meeting places.
Sir John told the BBC revival should be a "bottom up" job, with councils taking the lead.
"People should be allowed to get on and do it themselves," he said.
Sir John, a member of the founding-family of shoe repair and key-cutting business Timpson, said each town centre needed to establish a task force to address issues such as planning. He said "planning must be made simpler and quicker".
The report wants the £675m already announced in the Budget for High Street improvements to be spent at the local level to improve public spaces and transport links.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46630861
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