We need some new approaches for our High Streets:
Futures Forum: Is turning shops into homes the best way to save our high streets?
Futures Forum: Towns need to be run completely differently
Futures Forum: Save our high streets: "Isn’t it time our council did an audit and come up with a strategy for their future?"
Futures Forum: The shift in economic importance away from the high street "represents an opportunity for policymakers, businesses and communities to proactively choose a new direction"
Futures Forum: How to revive the health of high streets > "We want vibrant centres in our cities and towns. But not streets lined with identical collections of outlets of the same chain retailers. Think of high streets as community hubs rather than shopping malls."
This is from north of the border and from an event last week - but the thinking and the recommendations apply equally to the likes of Sidmouth: