Retail Strategy — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 10th July 2019.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour/Co-operative, Preston 2:30 pm, 10th July 2019

Like many hon. Members present, I have seen my main retail high street, Fishergate in Preston city centre, lose many top brands. They are being replaced by charity shops, betting shops, tattoo parlours and vaping shops. I recently met the leader of Preston City Council and impressed on him the need for a retail strategy in Preston. That needs to happen in councils up and down the country; as my hon. Friend points out, the Government are not going to do it for them. I really fear for the future of our towns and centres and for their ability to retain retail.