The buildings, which are no longer used by local authorities, include former shops, offices and business spaces. The fee comes from the cost of security, maintenance, insurance and refurbishment.
The highest concentrations of council-owned empty commercial properties were in Scotland and Wales. Empty commercial property numbers and costs, the report said, were ‘an indication of those regions, counties and towns which are especially suffering from emptying high streets’. The article is part of the Daily Mail’s Save Our High Street campaign.
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