Eastleigh’s ‘empty shop’ economy

Despite the recession having officially ended just over 48 hours ago, shock figures just released by Eastleigh Borough Council show a 26% increase in empty town centre business premises year on year.
There are now a total of 32 empty business premises within the town centre boundary, 19 empty/unoccupied shop units and 13 office premises the council has revealed in answer to a freedom of information request released today.
This is despite shop units recently being taken up by discount pound stores and pawnbrokers.
Local businessman and campaigner Matthew Myatt, who initiated the request for the Data commented.

“Would the last business to leave Eastleigh please turn off the lights..”

Are things getting better or worse? What can the council do to attract more business into Eastleigh?

  2 comments for “Eastleigh’s ‘empty shop’ economy

  1. Nathan Jones
    January 30, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Good to see your still fighting the good fight Matthew. Matty for MP is what I say.

  2. P.Wyatt
    January 31, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    The recession will be over when there is at lest 3 mths the unemployment figures going down, And no job loses, Just because we showed a small increase in sales, What is needed to take into account is that this extra sales increase was due to the lead up for Xmas and that there was no vat, That is now back on

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