Empty shops Dewsbury third worst in UK

MORE than a quarter of shops in Dewsbury stand vacant, according to a survey published this week.
The nationwide survey, conducted by The Local Data Company, found that Dewsbury was the thirdworst in the country among mediumsized towns, those with 100 to 399 shops.
The survey revealed that 27.44 per cent of shops were empty, up from just 10.5 per cent when the last assessment was carried out in December.
Only Altrincham and Margate had higher vacancy rates at 30.04 per cent and 27.55 per cent respectively.
The survey, conducted every six months, also found that Bradford was the worsthit larger centre in Yorkshire – and the secondworst in the UK – with more than 24.6 per cent of shops empty.
Matthew Hopkinson, business development director at The Local Data Company, said the picture was getting worse not better.
He said with budget cuts and job losses set to hit the public sector and VAT due to rise to 20 per cent in January there was little respite for struggling town centres.
In July a survey by The Press found there were 100 empty premises in the town centre.

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