Westminster Council investigates the High Street
By londononline | Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 23:50
Westminster is investigating the impact of the increasing numbers of betting shops and takeaways and has commissioned studies by the Retail Group to report on the top 10 areas for shopping, from Harrow Road and Edgware Road to Marylebone High Street and the Tachbrook area in Pimlico.
What do visitors, residents and businesses think is missing in each particular centre? The answers will help to shape strategies for Westminster's shopping destinations. The results will be released in June. The studies will consider Westminster's High Street with the relevant Mary Portas recommendations and cover retail analysis, pedestrian movements, visitor surveys, business occupier surveys, environmental assessments and retail market analysis. Betting shops, hot food takeaways and the impact of late-night premises in terms of nuisance or crime and disorder will be investigated.
Cllr Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster City Council, said: "Health checks play a vital role in deciding the council's core strategy for local areas which are important to our heritage, to our residents and importantly allows the council to plan ahead."
Cllr Daniel Astaire, Westminster City Council cabinet member for business, said: "It is important that councils are not complacent as High Streets are the lifeblood of the British economy."