Empty shops in South Lakeland are lower 'than national and regional averages'

SOUTH Lakeland is doing better than national and regional high streets in the number of empty shops, according to the district council.

SLDC said today that closed shops are running at 14.1 per cent nationally and 20.1 per cent in the north west - but the figure in South Lakeland is far lower than both at 6.7 per cent.

Empty shop numbers are collected every quarter in Kendal, Ulverston, Kirkby Lonsdale, Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside, by the council.

South Lakeland’s biggest high street is in Kendal where of 437 shops surveyed earlier this month and 54 were empty. It means an empty shop rate of 12.35 per cent.

SLDC said this 'compares favourably' against two previous counts which indicated 60 empty shops in Kendal, or a rate of 13.69 per cent.

Bowness, Ambleside and Windermere have also seen a drop in empty shop numbers during the last quarter, said the authority.

Six new shops have opened in Kendal, three in Bowness and two in Ambleside.

The empty shop rate in all of the South Lakeland district towns is below the North West average of 20.1 per cent and the national average of 14.1 per cent.

Other towns monitored include: Kirkby Lonsdale (4.29 per cent closed) Ambleside (5.4 per cent) Ulverston (8.9 per cent) Bowness (5.3 per cent) Windermere (2.5 per cent) Coun Giles Archibald, portfolio holder for Town Centres and Small Business, said: “In Kendal and across South Lakeland we have more shops per capita than in other town centres because of our tourism culture.

"The fact that we have more shops and a high occupancy rate shows a positive outlook for the road ahead and our local retail economy.”

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7:04pm Mon 14 Oct 13

Moonbase says...

Probably go up when K Village shuts, but hey ho. When the Japan delegation get back perhaps the empty shops might get filled with sushi and anti radiation shops.
One hopes
Probably go up when K Village shuts, but hey ho. When the Japan delegation get back perhaps the empty shops might get filled with sushi and anti radiation shops. One hopes Moonbase
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8:26pm Mon 14 Oct 13

Lakeuk says...

Too early to write off K Village, was packed out at the weekend
Too early to write off K Village, was packed out at the weekend Lakeuk
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5:21am Tue 15 Oct 13

Moonbase says...

Lakeuk wrote:
Too early to write off K Village, was packed out at the weekend
I heard that a mini bus had broken down.....More faith than 'Billy Graham'.
Lol
[quote][p][bold]Lakeuk[/bold] wrote: Too early to write off K Village, was packed out at the weekend[/p][/quote]I heard that a mini bus had broken down.....More faith than 'Billy Graham'. Lol Moonbase
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12:54pm Tue 15 Oct 13

Cas220 says...

Moonbase wrote:
Lakeuk wrote:
Too early to write off K Village, was packed out at the weekend
I heard that a mini bus had broken down.....More faith than 'Billy Graham'.
Lol
No, it was packed because of the Wool Gathering, and of course the free parking.

I'm glad the council are finally realising that we don't have a problem! Kendal is very busy most days of the week. The only problem in Kendal is the parking.
[quote][p][bold]Moonbase[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lakeuk[/bold] wrote: Too early to write off K Village, was packed out at the weekend[/p][/quote]I heard that a mini bus had broken down.....More faith than 'Billy Graham'. Lol[/p][/quote]No, it was packed because of the Wool Gathering, and of course the free parking. I'm glad the council are finally realising that we don't have a problem! Kendal is very busy most days of the week. The only problem in Kendal is the parking. Cas220
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4:32pm Tue 15 Oct 13

Ambience says...

Cas220 wrote:
Moonbase wrote:
Lakeuk wrote:
Too early to write off K Village, was packed out at the weekend
I heard that a mini bus had broken down.....More faith than 'Billy Graham'.
Lol
No, it was packed because of the Wool Gathering, and of course the free parking.

I'm glad the council are finally realising that we don't have a problem! Kendal is very busy most days of the week. The only problem in Kendal is the parking.
And the cost of the parking.
[quote][p][bold]Cas220[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Moonbase[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lakeuk[/bold] wrote: Too early to write off K Village, was packed out at the weekend[/p][/quote]I heard that a mini bus had broken down.....More faith than 'Billy Graham'. Lol[/p][/quote]No, it was packed because of the Wool Gathering, and of course the free parking. I'm glad the council are finally realising that we don't have a problem! Kendal is very busy most days of the week. The only problem in Kendal is the parking.[/p][/quote]And the cost of the parking. Ambience
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9:18pm Wed 16 Oct 13

craggy says...

If you don't want to pay for parking then leave your car at Morrison's and walk into town. You get what you pay for.
If you don't want to pay for parking then leave your car at Morrison's and walk into town. You get what you pay for. craggy
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8:30am Thu 17 Oct 13

Ambience says...

craggy wrote:
If you don't want to pay for parking then leave your car at Morrison's and walk into town. You get what you pay for.
It might be quicker walking from ASDA car park
[quote][p][bold]craggy[/bold] wrote: If you don't want to pay for parking then leave your car at Morrison's and walk into town. You get what you pay for.[/p][/quote]It might be quicker walking from ASDA car park Ambience
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1:27pm Thu 17 Oct 13

Cas220 says...

craggy wrote:
If you don't want to pay for parking then leave your car at Morrison's and walk into town. You get what you pay for.
I presume you are a childless person with all the time on the world to wander around. Unlike most residents of the area, I am not retired, I am a full time mother with a part time job.
[quote][p][bold]craggy[/bold] wrote: If you don't want to pay for parking then leave your car at Morrison's and walk into town. You get what you pay for.[/p][/quote]I presume you are a childless person with all the time on the world to wander around. Unlike most residents of the area, I am not retired, I am a full time mother with a part time job. Cas220
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1:17pm Mon 21 Oct 13

jazzactivist says...

Kendal was packed this weekend as the Comic Art Festival was on. On Sunday it was still buzzing and the few shops that bothered to open were all busy. And K Village was busy the weekend before due to the Wool Gathering being held there. It's these types of events, which appeal to large social sub- groups across the country, that the Lakes needs to attract, rather than building shopping centres and leasing to big chain stores. Also, filling empty shops is easy if the Council offered a reasonably long rates free period for new start-ups.
Kendal was packed this weekend as the Comic Art Festival was on. On Sunday it was still buzzing and the few shops that bothered to open were all busy. And K Village was busy the weekend before due to the Wool Gathering being held there. It's these types of events, which appeal to large social sub- groups across the country, that the Lakes needs to attract, rather than building shopping centres and leasing to big chain stores. Also, filling empty shops is easy if the Council offered a reasonably long rates free period for new start-ups. jazzactivist
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