Seaside towns ‘at risk of losing their high streets for good due to Covid’

SEASIDE towns are at risk of losing their high streets for good due to the Covid pandemic, research reveals.

Natasha Clark 

They rely on travel, leisure and hospitality — which have all been hit badly by lockdown closures.

Analysis by the Labour Party highlighted 20 tourist destinations in England where high streets are in danger. Their list includes Blackpool, Brighton, Southend-on-Sea in Essex, Torbay in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and the Isle of Wight.

The Isles of Scilly are deemed most at risk.

According to the research, 44 per cent of its businesses are linked to hotels and B&Bs, restaurants and pubs, clothing and book shops — which in normal times would prop up its economy.

Labour warned that cash reserves are drying up and debts are building as several government support schemes including furlough and extra grants are set to come to an end within weeks.

It wants the VAT cut to carry on to keep businesses going until firms can get back on their feet in the summer.