A REGENERATION leader claims South Shields can “buck the trend” of retail decline in town centres nationwide.
A new report from the British Retail Consortium – ‘What’s next for Britain’s town centres’ – has just been published.
The rapid development of the internet and efforts made by a majority of retailers to embrace online trading has seen footfall decline progressively.
The report says that only town and city centres that provide a “destination offer” addressing the increasingly social lifestyle of many consumers will see improvements in their fortunes.
David Cramond, South Tyneside Council’s corporate director of economic regeneration, says the council’s £100m masterplan, South Shields 365, will address those issues.
He said: “At a local level, we can conclude that South Shields 365 is already addressing the points raised.
“Many recommendations have also been made with reference, for example, to car parking charges, the use of the internet and provision of free wifi, working with commercial estate agents and the delivery of events.
“These, combined with the physical regeneration, will see South Shields buck the national trend and steal a march on its competition.”