‘There are a number of programmes available to support struggling towns which are either in place or under development,’ the report states.
‘To meet the challenge of growth post-Brexit and to harness the latent power of technology, there is growing recognition that we have to turn the dial to accelerate knowledge-led innovation.’
‘We are very much encumbered by planning constraints and poor understanding of how rural economies work.’
‘We’ve got to work out what our USP is’
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.
‘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.’