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High streets (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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What challenges are London’s high streets facing?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The traditional high street and its civic, social and economic mix has been changing and, in many instances, coming under pressure. This is due to a range of factors including: the spread of internet retailing; the current business rates system which places an unfair burden on the small and medium-sized businesses that call London’s high streets home; and  fragmented management and property ownership which presents challenges to strategic and decisive action to diversify and reinvigorate the high street offer. However, high streets have demonstrated themselves to be inherently flexible, adaptable and robust. They can be places of innovation and experimentation, hosting a diversity of activity and uses, within which retail is just one.