At the recent meeting between East Devon's MP and Sidmouth's businesses, several issues came up:
Futures Forum: How to revive the health of Sidmouth's high street >>> "MP vows to take town's high street woes to Government - and calls for future vision"
But the main complaint was the unfairness of the rates system:
Futures Forum: How to revive the health of Sidmouth's high street >>> "Packed meeting hears that business rates hitting our traders are 'not sustainable'."
There are other ideas for the revival of the high street - including getting people to live in town centres:
Futures Forum: How to revive the health of Sidmouth's high street >>> affordable housing in the town centre?
And making the high street more of a destination point:
Futures Forum: Save our high streets > "Put things on the high street people want to do, and they’ll return"
These are the ideas being put forward by the government's latest initiative:
High streets and town centres in 2030 inquiry launched - News from Parliament - UK Parliament
Although doing something about business rates is not one of them:
Planning rules could be ripped up in last-ditch bid to save Britain's high streets - The Sun