Amazon are once again the enfant terrible of retail after they were recently forced to reveal they paid just 0.7% in business rates (£63.4m) following sales of £8.8bn in 2018.
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Since 2010, around one in five public swimming pools in the UK have closed their doors for good, not to be replaced by a new facility.
‘It remains uncertain whether this megaproject will benefit existing communities, or write them off as collateral damage.’
From Shropshire to Somerset, councils up and down the country have spent tens of millions of taxpayer’s money purchasing shopping centres.
NewStart visited the Castle Vale estate in Birmingham to learn about their community revolution, which saw residents take control of the library and swimming pool from the city council.
It’s a problem plaguing rural communities and often exposing the less affluent to economic burdens.
In all but five local authorities in England and Wales, total retail floorspace shrank – in more than two-thirds of local authorities, floorspace shrank by over 20%.
‘For the last 40 years or so, we have been serving up the same solution. Retail – shopping centres – more retail – more shopping centres. This approach has standardised our centres.’
‘People felt like it was their building and not just a city council project that builds and just expects people to use it.’
It’s exactly the kind of innovative and community-led approach to housing the UK needs if it is ever going to get to grips with its amplifying housing crisis