Vacancy rates are a good way of indicating the success and prosperity of town centres. Since November 2013, performance has fluctuated between 6.6% and 10%.
A thorough audit of town centre units has been undertaken. The vacancy rate for August was 6.98%. This is a reduction from the rate of 7.5% recorded for May 2019. There have been decreases in vacancies in Biggleswade, Dunstable, and Leighton Buzzard. The vacancies are as follows: Ampthill - 5, Arlesey - 2, Biggleswade - 13, Dunstable - 26, Flitwick - 2, Houghton Regis - 0, Leighton Buzzard - 9, Potton - 1, Sandy - 5, Shefford - 3, Stotfold - 0. Town centre vacancy monitoring now includes Potton.