The High Streets Task Force 2020-21 Review of High Street Footfall shows a stronger rebound compared with last year, along with a continuing trend of multifunctional town centres recovering more quickly than retail-focussed areas

The latest High Streets Task Force (HSTF) footfall review demonstrates a boost for town and city centres following the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Smaller places fared best in the past year, with 100% of districts and 44% of towns reporting a recovery of their pre-pandemic footfall. The data also shows that multifunctional centres recovered more quickly than those reliant on retail, continuing the trending shift towards ‘specialty’ and holiday towns identified in the 2019-20 report. In fact, 50% of holiday towns beat their pre-pandemic footfall forecasts.

‘We can say with confidence that small, local high streets have recovered quickest, and that towns with a defined sense of place and role beyond template retail have shown greater resilience,’ said HSTF research lead Cathy Parker.

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Find out more about the HSTF and the LI’s support for this initiative here.


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