more closures on high street

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Vacant shop units on Linlithgow High Street are causing concerns that they will turn tourists away from the town.

In recent months, various town centre outlets have emptied including the PC shop, Clydesdale Bank, Beau Chien, Barnes Textiles, and the Linlithgow Gazette office. Kharis is moving to what was The Copy Shop, but the original shop will also be empty.

Linlithgow councillor Martyn Day confirmed shop occupancy rates were worse than last year, adding: “Up to this April, property occupancy is 94 per cent. Last year was 95.4 per cent, so there is a decline and is more obvious as they are in a concentrated area.”

He added there was a high turnover in council properties, but private properties were being targeted by initiatives such as Linlithgow BID.

BID coordinator Stewart Ness said: “We are looking at projects that would increase shop diversity and fill shop units. This will be moved on if the Busine ss Improvement District is voted through.”