Businesses in Sidmouth have been calling for something to be done about the precarious state of the high street:
Futures Forum: How to revive the health of high streets > "We could maybe look at ways we could help local shops, which use locally-sourced produce, through some kind a business rate relief."
Indeed, East Devon's MP has offered to meet up with businesses:
Urgent meeting called to discuss Sidmouth High Street’s survival before it’s too late | Latest Sidmouth and Ottery News - Sidmouth Herald
Hugo Swire | Conservative MP for East Devon
The date for that meeting has now been set:
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