Mary Portas visits Margate for review of high streets

Mary Portas Mary Portas will present her findings on England's high streets this autumn

Related Stories

Retail guru Mary Portas has visited a Kent seaside town as part of a fact-finding mission to try to halt the decline of struggling high streets.

Television presenter Ms Portas was shown the old town of Margate, which has one of the highest proportion of empty shops in the country.

The star of BBC2's Mary Queen of Shops is reviewing England's high streets on behalf of the government.

She said she felt passionately about regenerating town centres.

She said: "I don't care about the cynics, this is something I feel very passionately and very strongly.

"Unless we start to regenerate our town centres we will have problems in our country, we will have social issues."

Ms Portas's review involves visits to several town centres, meeting shop owners and customers.

The retail expert, who also stars in Mary Portas: Secret Shopper, is due to present her findings this autumn.

Figures on shop vacancy during the first six months of 2011 show 36.1% of shops in Margate were vacant.

The town has the second highest vacancy rate of the 1,000 towns and cities surveyed by the Local Data Company.

More on This Story

Related Stories

BBC Kent



Min. Night 10 °C


  • How ebola spread graphicPatient zero

    How one boy’s death triggered Ebola outbreak

  • Passport control at airportNews quiz

    How much do you know about migration?

  • Phillip Hughes playing cricket for Australia in September 2014Brain trauma

    How is the brain injured and protected from injury?

  • Passengers pushing planeHeave!

    How many people does it take to push a plane?

  • Complainant'Like being in hell'

    The story of one victim of paedophile care home boss

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.