Our High Street is facing a crisis. We counted over 40 empty shops in this video!
Meanwhile Calderdale Council is spending millions on vanity projects.
£7.6m borrowed + £3m from the Combined Authority to turn Northgate House into even more retail units when they haven't even filled the units by the cinema yet. Knocking down the grade II listed Hughes Corporation building to create a road that isn't needed.
Millions to re-route traffic around the Town and to pedestrianise even more of it. You won't be able to drive in to get to the shops easily. Now Rumours are they are moving the bus station too.
They are spending millions spreading out the Town Centre, but the heart of Halifax is full of empty shops.
We are demanding better for Haliax.
We are calling on the Council to:
- Stop wasting our money on daft schemes.
- Put together an action plan to help fill existing units.
- Look at getting a mix of residential, artistic, creative, educational and public space back into the Town Centre. We don't just need more shops.
- Fix the basics broken street lights, litter, decent signage, broken telephone boxes, pigeon mess, broken automatic bollards.
- Introduce one hour free car-parking, and a free electric bus paid for from the money saved from scrapping daft schemes.
- Help the genuinely homeless people, and tackle the aggressive beggars.
We are calling on the Government to:
- Replace broken £30bn business rates system with a land value tax.
- Stop cutting funding to local Government so we have the resources to regenerate our High Street.
- Expand the activities of the state-owned British Business Bank, enabling it to perform a more central role in the economy by tackling the shortage of equity capital for growing firms and providing long-term capital for medium-sized businesses.
- Create a new ‘start up allowance’ to help those starting a new business with their living costs in the crucial first weeks of their business
- Support fast growing businesses seeking to scale up, through the provision of mentoring support.
- Review business rates to reduce burdens on small firms, and make them the priority for any future business tax cuts.
- Reform the Regulatory Policy Committee to remove unnecessary regulation, reduce regulatory uncertainty, and support new markets and investment, particularly in low-carbon and resource-efficient innovation.