By Daniel Hunter

The London Assembly’s Economy Committee will this week visit some of the capital’s local high streets as part of its inquiry into town centres hit by the recession and what can be done to help.

Over two days the Committee will visit six of the capital’s high streets and speak to shop keepers, local traders and businesses, and shoppers too, about what can be done to halt the decline and to tackle the increasing number of empty shops. Evidence gathered on the visits will inform two formal public evidence hearings at City Hall.

Government figures show shop vacancy rates have been rising nationally since the recession hit in 2008 and data from last year showed one in ten shops in the capital stood empty.

Friday 14 September

9.30am — Peckham Rye
11.30am — Broadway, Stratford
2pm — Chatsworth Road, Hackney
4pm — Green Lanes, Haringey

Thursday 20 September

11.30am — North Finchley
2pm — Camden Town

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