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Fears Cornish High Streets Will Become Ghost Towns

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11:15am 13th December 2011

There are calls for cheaper parking and a national market day to save British high streets.

Retail expert Mary Portas has handed a report to government.

She warns they are at crisis point.

In Cornwall - many are hoping for a bumper Christmas.

Business owners warn some town centres are dying out especially in the winter lull, when many shops are forced to shut

Looe shop worker Claire Stevenson says:

"The community are still doing lots to try to keep the town vibrant but if you don't get the people then it just eventually will fade away unfortunately. There will just be one big supermarket where everybody goes and everybody will have everything the same."

But officials say we are faring better than other areas of the UK, possibly because of our unique shops.

Cornish town centre specialist Guy Thomas said, "It's a hard time for anybody on the high street. But it is encouraging to see that our vacant premises are low. We're also still seeing lots of new businesses open. While we are seeing some sadly close we are seeing an equal number come through to replace them."

11:15am 13th December 2011

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