‘High streets need grassroots solutions – not a Royal Commission to tell us what we already know’

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John Lewis Partnership chair Dame Sharon White has called for a Royal Commission on high streets, but town centre solutions must be locally inspired and driven – and there is plenty of good practice to share, argues expert Graham Soult

Solutions to high street challenges must be locally inspired and driven. A Royal Commission might highlight principles of good practice – and what the UK government’s role should be – but it’s the local ‘place leaders’, such as politicians, businesses, landlords, agents and communities, who will together make positive change happen.

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