Monday, 23 October 2017

Buoyant high street

FIFTEEN new businesses have opened in Henley in the past year.

FIFTEEN new businesses have opened in Henley in the past year.

Only 12 shops out of 281, or 4.3 per cent, remain unoccupied, compared with 17 a year ago, according to South Oxfordshire District Council’s annual survey of market towns.

The results show that 95.7 per cent of Henley’s shops were occupied compared with the national average of 13.5 per cent. Henley is better off than its neighbours such as Thame with nine empty shops out of 183 (4.9 per cent) and Wallingford with 15 out of the town’s 140 premises (10.71 per cent).

Councillor Judith Nimmo-Smith, cabinet member of economic development, said: “By attracting a whole host of unique independent shops, South Oxfordshire’s market towns continue to do significantly better than many other areas around the country when it comes to making sure that we fill empty units.

“We continue to provide the support that our towns and traders need to keep up our vibrant high streets.”

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