Published: 10th Apr 2019

The government has released more details of their Open Doors project, which will work with the Meanwhile Foundation to help community groups move into unused retail units. One in 10 high street shops in the UK are currently empty, with that figure rising to one in eight in Scotland, and the scheme will look to put vacant properties into ‘meanwhile use’ with community groups offering temporary services from well-being classes to business support sessions and mentoring for social enterprises. The government say they will work to match public and private landlords with community groups and the groups will be able to receive advice from Sir John Timpson’s High Streets Experts Panel. They hope the partnership will help tackle social problems linked to declining high streets such as crime, unemployment and loneliness. The confirmed locations that will be part of the scheme are Stoke-on-Trent, Bradford, Rochford, Kettering and Slough. Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said: … (To read the full article, subscribe below)