By Daniel Hunter

The impacts of the increasing numbers of betting shops and takeaways on London’s main shopping areas will come under greater scrutiny as part of a new Health Check initiative in the centre of the capital.

Westminster City Council has commissioned studies by the Retail Group to report on the city’s top 10 areas for shopping, from Harrow Road and Edgware Road to Marylebone High Street and the Tachbrook area in Pimlico.

The studies will determine what, if anything, visitors, residents and businesses think is missing in each particular centre and provide valuable information to form comprehensive strategies for Westminster’s shopping destinations. Results are set to be announced in June.

Cllr Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster City Council, said: “Health checks play a vital role in deciding the council’s core strategy for local areas which are important to our heritage, to our residents and importantly allows the council to plan ahead.”

Cllr Daniel Astaire, Westminster City Council cabinet member for business, said: “It is important that councils are not complacent as High Streets are the lifeblood of the British economy.”

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