Redbridge below London average for number of empty shops on our high streets

PUBLISHED: 15:10 14 September 2013

There are nearly 100 vacant shops in Redbridge, according to figures released by Redbridge Council.

An estimated 119 shops were recorded as empty in the council’s business rate records for the summer, with inspections identifying 26 shops which are now occupied, making a total of 93.

A report by London Councils revealed the London average is 200, with approximately 7,000 shops vacant across the capital.

Cllr Thomas Chan, cabinet member for regeneration, business and community, said: “I am glad the number of empty shops in Redbridge is below average.

“My mission is to make Redbridge a business-friendly borough.”

Ben Collins, manager of the Ilford Business Improvement District (BID), said: “It is about getting the right businesses in, which is where we are often at the mercy of property landlords.

“The BID is working hard to ensure vacant units become a thing of the past in Ilford.”

The council will launch a campaign at the Wanstead Festival on Sunday to persuade shoppers to buy local produce.

Cllr Chan said: “I believe if residents take the time to find the hidden gems in their high streets they will not only be supporting shops, but they will also make their high streets more vibrant and community friendly.”

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