England's High Streets are in danger of becoming "ghost towns" unless action is taken to fill empty shops hit by the recession, council leaders have warned.Looks like the LGA isn't swallowing Gordon's optimistic spin on the economy...
And how do they plan to fix it? By stealing property:
The Local Government Association (LGA) says four out of five councils have reported an increase in empty premises.Such as?
It is calling for new powers to allow town halls to temporarily use shops as sites for community projects.
The LGA wants to make it easier and cheaper to use the premises for libraries, youth clubs, training centres and bring-and-buy sales.But if we are heading into recession and everyone is tightening their belts and making job cuts, where will councils find the staff to run th...
It is asking for new powers to allow councils to take over shops once they have been vacant for three months.
The town of Dursley in Gloucestershire is trying out the idea, with a parade of closed-down shops transformed into an gallery where artists can display their work.Because in the teeth of a deepening recession, everyone will be buying artwork. Really...?