Radio 4 Today Programme - High Street Questionnaire
4th August 2011
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From The Today Programme website:

The Today programme is investigating the fate of the UK's high streets, and we need your help.

It has been a difficult time for the shops in Britain's city centres. Not only has the ease of online shopping persuaded people to stay at home, but the recession and stagnation of the UK economy has left people with less money to spend when they do hit the shops.


Woolworths was one of the first casualties of the recession when it went bust in 2008. Since then, a steady stream of store stalwarts have vanished from our town centres. Zavvi and Borders have gone, HMV is shrinking and Habitat are closing all of their shops outside of London.

The government is also worried, and has commissioned Mary Portas to undertake an independent review to see what can be done.

She told the Today programme in May that the loss of shops was creating "practical ghost towns" in town centres.


So why is the high street in such a mess? Is the British high street worth saving? Have our shopping habits changed so dramatically that the high street is now obsolete?

The Today programme will be running a series of reports at the end of August, and we want to find out your thoughts, experiences and memories of the high street before we go to air.

Click here to go to the questionnaire


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Helen I

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I love Abingdon and am passionate about promoting the businesses and events that are centred there. I want everyone to realise how great they are and how we should all be using them!

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