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Public and community services play a key role in ensuring access to health, education, transport, and culture for residents living around a high street and the wider area. Creating a strong community, supported by the right services in the right locations, is essential to a high street’s success.

We’ve identified four important changes needed to community policy to ensure town centres are places that people can live, shop and work:

1. A reconcentration of public services in and around the high street to harness agglomeration benefits.

2. A redesign of education within the community to re-engage young people and provide practical opportunities for adult learning.

3. Diversification of community space that challenges the traditional roles of libraries, pubs, museums and more.

4. Community empowerment as an alternative to public sector-led development.

Read more here.