The Conservative ruling party made an amendment to the motion which was voted on. Whilst I am disappointed that the amendment is a watered down version of the original motion and we are not capitalising of the “tangible benefits” that Cllr Parnaby mentioned in his press release last year.
Whilst I am disappointed that the amendment is a watered down version of the original motion and we are not capitalising of the “tangible benefits” that Cllr Parnaby mentioned in his press release last year.The Labour Group voted for the amendment as it was a committment to look at funding free weekend parking over Christmas and New Year an extention on the 2012 provision and therefore a victory to the Labour Group and the motion.
It was stated that the Labour Group had not mentioned this in it's budget. This was not put in the Conservative budget either as confirmed by their Director today. The motion was as as result of the Report below.
The Centre for Retail Research published its analysis of how UK retailing will have changed by 2018 on 28 May 2013, Retail Futures 2018.
- Job losses could be around 316,000 compared to today
- The share of online retail sales will rise from 12.7% (2012) to 21.5% by 2018 or the end of the decade.
- There will be a further 164 major or medium-sized companies going into administration, involving the loss of 22,600 stores and 140,000 employees. Many of these companies will survive but at the cost of closing more than half their stores.
- In spite of the Portas Pilots, the High Street will continue to suffer: around 41% of town centres will lose 27,638 stores in the next five years.
Yorkshire and Humberside are predicted to loose 26% of their retail businesses by 2018.
This does not take into account of the unemployment etc.
We need to act now to save our high streets especially during the winter period.