High street shops in England and Wales repurposed as climate emergency centres | Retail industry

Dozens of familiar high street retail units across England and Wales, including Homebase, River Island and William Hill have been converted into climate emergency centres – community hubs “for the benefit of people and planet” – after changes in shopping habits or the Covid pandemic left them sitting empty.

As hundreds of councils declare a climate emergency, owners of vacant premises have the option to reduce their business rates payments by up to 100% through leasing the property for community benefit to a not-for-profit or charitable organisation, such as a climate emergency centre (CEC).

The sustainable centres are run by communities themselves and offer a range of activities that focus on both addressing the climate emergency and bringing people together, from hedgehog…

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News Source: www.theguardian.com

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