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?