Clouds are clearing for retailers as sun brings out the shoppers

The sun in shining on Scarborough’s retail scene as warm weather bring outs the shoppers for a summer high street boost.

Footfall trends are showing “dramatic growth” compared to last year, with May recording 20 per cent increases.

132347'Scenesetter- Westborough busy with shoppers 'Picture by Neil Silk'08/06/13

132347'Scenesetter- Westborough busy with shoppers 'Picture by Neil Silk'08/06/13

Last month every week except one saw figures soar above those taken in the same weeks in 2012.

The week ending May 12, which included May Day Bank holiday, was the only one to record a fall with counts dropping from 120,391 last year to 119,957 this year; a drop of around 0.3 per cent.

However the week before that, ending May 5, figures had rocketed by 23 per cent from 103,371 counts in 2012 to 127,275 for 2013.

The data is recorded via a camera in Westborough, which electronically clocks the number of passers by.

It is hoped May’s data is the start of a change in fortune for the Scarborough’s highstreet, which last year reported the worse footfall figures in June, July and August since 2009.

Nick Taylor, Inward Investment manager at Scarborough Council, who is responsible for the town centre said: “It is good news as for the last three weeks we have seen quite dramatic growth.

“Although collectively we are down on the previous year to date we are definitely catching up.

“March was a desperate month for turn over and footfall. However the weather is improving now and people are coming out.

“Despite all the grumbling we have got quite a reasonable and vibrant offering in the town centre.

“We have got an 11 per cent vacancy rate, which is lower than the national average of about 12 per cent. We are showing a good trend in the town centre, and on the sea front we are just about full.”