Dan Thompson talks in the Isle of White

england-isle-of-wightDan Thompson, a leading expert at getting empty shops back into use has given a talk to artists, businessmen and crafts people in the Isle of White.

The national vacancy rate for retail units is currently 15% and the Isle is not far off of that at 13%.  Dan said: “The island is an interesting and contradictory place.  On one hand it is an untouched fifties-style seaside working-class holiday territory and on the other there are places like Cowes, where its streets are stuffed with the accents of the ruling class.  There are pockets of emptiness, like the top of Ryde, which has been cut off my an unsympathetic traffic layout.”  He added “But these isolated areas could, with a little political will, be reinvented as destinations in their own right.”

Sarah Netherway of the Isle of White Makers said “Pop up shops work in parts of the mainland because they encourage more community involvement and the challenge is trying to start this culture here on the island, opening up discussions with landlords and networking.”

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