As nearly one in five Welsh shops lies empty, what can be done to bring life back to hard-hit high streets? Experts are calling for a raft of changes to help support the high street through difficult times.
Expert: high streets 'approaching point where they can't recover'
Chris Parry, a business expert at Cardiff Metropolitan University says around 14% of shops in Wales are empty at the moment - and he thinks that could rise to 16 or 17%. He warns: 'you come to a point where a sick patient can't recover - and I think our high streets are approaching that point.'
South Wales Valleys jeweller Derek Davies is among those who has felt the effects of the retail sector's struggles. He has closed his jewellery shop in Tonypandy.
He told our reporter Rob Osborne that even if he was offered a shop in the town with no costs to pay, he wouldn't take it. He said the trading environment is so bad 'it's turning into a ghost town.'
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council says it 'remains committed to working with traders in all of our town centres in an effort to support various initiatives that have a positive effect on the local economy. Initiatives have included various events. This is particularly the case with Tonypandy itself.'