Retail Strategy — [Sir David Crausby in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:50 pm on 10th July 2019.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour/Co-operative, Preston 2:50 pm, 10th July 2019

I agree with the hon. Gentleman that city centres have to look at other offers as well as retail to help enliven them. Preston has tried to do that through leisure. Unfortunately, the major business interest that was driving the leisure offer has just gone bankrupt. On the future high streets fund, Preston, a city that is much in need, has just had its bid rejected. That is not good enough. These little pots of money are put there to act as sticking plaster for town centres.