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Pendle MP joins call for more shops help
1:56pm Tuesday 31st July 2012 in Pendle
THE Government must do more to protect local shops and pubs MP Andrew Stephenson believes.
The Pendle Tory has joined 14 Commons colleagues in signing a Westminster motion pressing ministers to act on the issue.
The cross-party move follows the Mary Portas Review of town centre shops which gave £100,000 to revive Nelson’s main shopping area.
The motion reads: “We believe that pubs and local independent shops are vital assets for local communities and note that 12,000 local shops closed in 2009 and that pubs are closing at a rate of 12 a week.
“We welcome the Portas Review.
“We believe that local communities should have the opportunity to retain premises for use as a pub or a local shop if they choose to do so and therefore calls on the Government to review planning regulations to enable communities to support pubs and local independent shops.”