The high streets are in trouble, and there is little that can be done.
The government has proposed making it easier to change retail outlets from one use to another without so much paperwork -something the Costa Coffee outlet in Whiteladies road has done pre-emptively.
Another area was improved parking, which the whiteladies showcase bus route promises -by converting whiteladies road to 1h short stay parking during the day. Which shows how naive the government high street survey was -where do they expect the staff to park now that there is no long stay parking in front of the shop?
What Whiteladies road does have is an overflowing bike parking area, which gets in the way of pedestrians.
It also fails to recognise the benefit to the high street were it converted into retail advertising space
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