Our high streets are up against it. And as our policy and research coordinator Rachel Lee says, it's in all our interests to do something about it.
Government proposals to scrap planning rules for the siting of broadband street cabinets, contradicts ambitions to revive the UK’s high streets and local economies, Living Streets said today (13 March 2013).
The Infrastructure Bill as it stands will allow network providers to install the cabinets on pavements and pedestrian areas, says the charity, reducing footfall at a time when high street retailers are most in need of trade.
Living Streets’ Manager of Policy and Public Affairs, Dr Kevin Golding-Williams, said:
Living Streets, together with the Herne Hill Forum, residents and local traders, is delighted to announce the launch of the Shop Local Herne Hill loyalty card scheme.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has today published a guide designed to help restore local shops into neighbourhood communities.
If you live in or near Wimbledon, join Living Streets and Merton Chamber of Commerce invite you to step out in Wimbledon!
The closing date for the LGN Street Design Awards 2012 is fast approaching! 27 April is the deadline for the awards, which aim to reward best practice and innovation in street design schemes across the UK. Organised by Local Government News, the awards are judged by an independent panel of experts, including Living Streets.
The awards are divided into six categories:
Following Living Streets' reaction to the lack of emphasis on good public realm in the Portas Review of the future of the high street, the government's response has encouraged towns to consider decluttering, wider pavements and shared space approaches 'to help improve air quality and reduce congestion, encouraging local shoppers back to the high street'.
Living Streets met with Councillor David Parsons, leader of the Leicestershire County Council and Chair of the Local Government Association's Environment and Housing Board, in Ashby de la Zouch to discuss the importance of walking for creating vibrant town centres and promoting sustainable, sociable travel.
As Mary Portas’ findings on the Future of the High Street are published, Living Streets has emphasised that safe, attractive, enjoyable pedestrian environments are a key factor that set successful high streets and town centres apart.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has written this week to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, to request that the changing a building's use to a betting shop should always require planning permission.