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£50m facelift to create new leisure offer in Black Country

Asset manager of Black Country retail hub outlines plans to make shopping centre fit for a post-covid landscape by increasing the leisure and dining out options Merry Hill shopping centre is to undergo a major overhaul aimed at broadening the retail hub’s appeal in a post-covid landscape by increasing its leisure offer. Asset manager Ellandi has outlined a programme of renovation works worth £50 million as it aims to keep the centre relevant following a tumultuous time for the retail landscape as consumer habits changed and online shopping boomed during…

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The UK Commercial Lease Eviction Ban “goes on and on”

The UK government has announced that the moratorium on the enforcement of commercial leases will be extended until 25 March 2022, a full two years after it was first introduced. Thanks to political cover from the Labour opposition, and fears of widespread job losses in the hospitality and licensed sector, the government has resisted pressure from landlords to end the moratorium. In a statement on Wednesday 16 June to the House of Commons, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay announced the moratorium’s extension. This had been widely anticipated since Monday’s announcement that the final stage of lockdown restrictions…

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Oxford Circus Piazza

Oxford Street’s green renaissance as radical new plans revealed

Shoppers, tourists and workers will be able to stroll across Oxford Circus without dodging the traffic for the first time under radical plans to create a pedestrian “piazza” in the heart of the West End. A 150m-long section of Oxford Street, on either side of Britain’s busiest pedestrian junction, is to be closed to vehicles by the end of the year, effectively cutting “London’s high street” in two. Under the proposals, revealed by Westminster council working with The Crown Estate, on Wednesday morning, the stretch from John Prince’s Street to…

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