Episode 5 - Rediscovering local high streets

New research suggests that we may be rediscovering our local high streets. In this episode of the High Streets Podcast, Professor Cathy Parker explores the findings of a major review of high street footfall.

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In episode five of the High Streets Task Force podcast Professor Cathy Parker talks to Matthew Davis about what footfall patterns on England's high streets can tell us about their evolution and strategies to improve their resilience in the long-term.

Cathy discusses findings from High Streets Task Force analysis of 154 towns, which among other findings showed that from March 1 to June 30 2020, footfall in smaller district centres fell by 34.5%, compared to a drop of 75.9% in larger cities over the same period.

Review of High Street Footfall

You can read the full news story on the Review of High Street Footfall 2019-2020 and download the report.

Support available to place managers for footfall analysis

Local councils and other place management organisations can sign up for support with footfall analysis from the Task Force by visiting www.highstreetstaskforce.org.uk/products-and-services/data-and-insights/. (Detail about footfall dashboards and how to express your interest are midway down the page)

Support for considering local visions and plans

In the discussion, Cathy mentions the need for realistic and quality town centre visions. You can find more guidance on this in the Task Force webinar on inspiring visions, which is available to view as a recording.