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Where once stood a bustling array of local traders, many buildings are now boarded up, left to decay and a magnet for graffiti artists and vandals. Burslem, in Stoke-on-Trent has a shop vacancy rate of 31.5%, nearly three times the national average of 12.2%.  Business leaders say the town has been left deserted due to the demise of the once thriving pottery industry, which gave the area its nickname, as well as the impact of Brexit.

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14 minutes ago, rollover said:

Where once stood a bustling array of local traders, many buildings are now boarded up, left to decay and a magnet for graffiti artists and vandals. Burslem, in Stoke-on-Trent has a shop vacancy rate of 31.5%, nearly three times the national average of 12.2%.  Business leaders say the town has been left deserted due to the demise of the once thriving pottery industry, which gave the area its nickname, as well as the impact of Brexit.

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That national average would be even higher if they took away the business rates exemption for charity shops.There are towns all over the Midlands with high vacancy rates.As discussed in the Deflation thread,the future for Bricks n Mortar retail is grim with it's current cost set up.

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35 minutes ago, rollover said:

Where once stood a bustling array of local traders, many buildings are now boarded up, left to decay and a magnet for graffiti artists and vandals. Burslem, in Stoke-on-Trent has a shop vacancy rate of 31.5%, nearly three times the national average of 12.2%.  Business leaders say the town has been left deserted due to the demise of the once thriving pottery industry, which gave the area its nickname, as well as the impact of Brexit.

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:lol:

Ridiculous. How, in any shape or form, would Burslem be affected by Brexit. And it hasn't even happened yet. "Business Leaders" - Mwahahahahaha

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42 minutes ago, Untoward said:

:lol:

Ridiculous. How, in any shape or form, would Burslem be affected by Brexit. And it hasn't even happened yet. "Business Leaders" - Mwahahahahaha

Yes, ever since Burslem negotiated its new political status as "Exclave" (Kaliningrad-style) it is now no longer part of the UK. And not being part of the UK is truly the only way not to be affected by Brexit in any shape or form.

Having said that I used to go through Burslem 30 years ago on the way to Stoke train station and I don't recall it ever being "a bustling array of local traders" so is this really news?

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  • 296 Brexit, House prices and Summer 2020

    1. 1. Including the effects Brexit, where do you think average UK house prices will be relative to now in June 2020?


      • down 5% +
      • down 2.5%
      • Even
      • up 2.5%
      • up 5%



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