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Strip clubs and bookies are hitting economic growth

Other respondents raised concerns about the prevalence of fast food takeaways on local high streets, with almost half of respondents (45 per cent) believing they impacted upon economic growth.

Almost nine in 10 councillors (89 per cent) and over three-quarters of council officers (77 per cent) are calling on the Government to give them more powers to tackle the clustering of retail premises such as strip clubs and betting shops on high streets.

Council officers believe that diverse high streets are the key to ensuring their future success, with those considered most important being:

retailers, such as book and clothes shops (99 per cent)
restaurants and cafes (95 per cent)
local butchers and bakers (93 per cent)
amenities, such as libraries and post offices (89 per cent)
and entertainment, such as cinemas and bowling alleys (68 per cent).
Councillor Clyde Loakes, Vice-Chair of the LGA’s Environment and Housing Board, said:

"These figures show that councils believe that the clustering of premises such as betting shops, fast food outlets and strip clubs is hitting economic growth.

"The general public are less likely to shop on high streets with clustering, while businesses may be less willing to set up on roads with clusters of unsavoury takeaways and raunchy sex shows.

"While it is positive that the Government response to the Mary Portas High Street review accepted many of the views raised by town halls, tackling clustering remains an ongoing concern.

"Town halls and local people are calling on the Government to reform the tools available to councils to make local planning decisions that can prevent unwelcome clustering hitting economic growth."

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