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Number of empty shops 'part of a trend'
8:00am Sunday 15th September 2013 in News
New figures released by the Local Data Company show Bradford’s slight increase in the number of empty shops is part of a wider trend in the region.
As previously reported, the percentage of empty shops in Bradford city centre has increased from 17.15 per cent to 18.17 per cent.
Now the Local Data Company has produced a report stating vacancy rate across Yorkshire and the Humber has increased to 16.9 per cent in the first half of 2013. This is an annual increase of 0.2 per cent.
Matthew Hopkinson, director at the Local Data Company said: “This report clearly shows that whilst the rise of empty shops has stalled it still remains stubbornly high for many towns up and down the country.
“Town centres are a key component of maintaining a social and vibrant ‘human’ community so they cannot be left to rot with over 22,000 empty shops for the last five years.
"Now is the time for action and not reaction.”
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, executive member for employment, skills and culture, previously said the Council had spent £46,400 of a £100,000-High Street Innovation Fund to try and rejuvenate the high street.