LETTER: Scandal of Hartlepool’s empty shops

Phillip Broughton, UKIP prospective candidate for Hartlepool
Phillip Broughton, UKIP prospective candidate for Hartlepool

MORE than one in four shops in Hartlepool is standing empty, according to new figures released.

The Local Data Company’s latest report on vacancy rates, Mind the Gap, showed the town has the third-highest rate of vacancies in the country.

The report analysed more than 3,000 town centres, shopping centres and retail parks to deliver a comprehensive insight into the health of Britain’s retail real estate.

It showed Hartlepool has a vacancy rate of 27.3 per cent, behind only Burslem, in the West Midlands, (29.4 per cent) and Stoke-on-Trent (27.7 per cent).

It is a scandal that a quarter of Hartlepool’s shops are empty.

I’m calling on Hartlepool Borough Council to cut business rates to encourage shops and jobs to the town.

Phillip Broughton,

Prospective Parliamentary Candidate,

UKIP,

Navigation Point,

Hartlepool.