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20 Aug 2020

Bira: Local authorities road closures are ‘accelerating the decline of the high street’

Local authorities across the UK are 'accelerating the decline of the high street' with unnecessary road closures, according to Bira.

We've been inundated with your calls concerned that post-lockdown accessibility issues are significantly impacting trade.

We are now working hard to help you address these problems, and to bring the issue to the attention of central government and the national media.

In many cases, local councils are ploughing ahead with road closures, high street pedestrianisations, and the removal of car parking spaces - all essential for shoppers to reach independent shops.

At the end of July, we called on Boris Johnson to intervene and 'reopen our high streets'.

The plea followed our membership survey which revealed that three quarters (75%) of you said trade is being detrimentally impacted by lockdown road closures.

The poll revealed that of those affected, 55% said trade had been impacted ‘significantly’, while a further 20% of you admitted the closures had affected trade ‘a little’.

Andrew Goodacre, Bira's CEO, said: "It appears that many local authorities are doing their best to further accelerate the decline of their high streets with road closures, and removal of car parking spaces.

"The pavements are generally not that busy, and people still do not want to use public transport.

"The local authorities are doing a good job of supporting retail parks instead of their local business communities."

Read more about Bira's post-lockdown road closures campaign here

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