How would you spend £100,000?

  oresome 18:00 14 Mar 2013

No doubt very easily.

But not on yourself, on your local high street to smarten it up and stop the decline.

Admittedly the money won't go far, yet what money there is seems to be going begging with few proposals on how to spend it.

Perhaps the High Street is a lost cause and there is no point in standing in the way of progress.

  oresome 09:42 18 Mar 2013

I've not read any magic solutions.

Perhaps giving a £20,000 subsidy to encourage five start up shops would be better than doing nothing. Of course existing retailers may complain that this is an unfair advantage if there is any overlap of trade.

The new retailers would have to produce a viable business plan in order to get the grant which in the light of experience will be no easy task. The move away from small physical shops seems unstoppable.

  Clapton is God 12:08 19 Mar 2013

My local High Street (in Crawley, Sussex) and, indeed, the rest of the shopping areas don't need smartening up and all shops are open, trading and doing excellent business.

Thus, in this case, the question is irrelevant.

  oresome 17:31 19 Mar 2013

Clapton is God

Can you expand on the reasons why Crawley is bucking the trend?

Is there little competition from out of town retail parks or large supermarkets for example?

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