High Streets

Part of Housing, Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons on 13th January 2020.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

I remind the Minister that it is not only high streets but our town centres that are under pressure and in decline all over our country, and this is not just about business rates, but about notable buildings. Mr Speaker, you will know about the George hotel, where rugby league was founded 125 years ago—the anniversary is coming up next year. It cannot be renovated and has lain empty and idle for years. Surely the compulsory purchase order system could be improved to give local authorities the ability to take a significant building in any town centre and do something about it.