The Orpington constituency is home to a number of diverse and vibrant high streets and parades. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community as well as the local economy. I fully support the work of Orpington 1st to encourage local retailers to help create new jobs and opportunities here in Orpington.
Orpington High Street has seen some fantastic progress over recent years following the refurbishment of the Walnuts Shopping Centre and the opening of the Odeon cinema. However, more remains to be done and I am working closely with local councillors and businesses regarding future development.
Orpington continues to have a healthy level of employment, with an unemployment rate of 1.3% in December 2018, well below the national rate of 3.0% (Claimant count method, House of Commons Library, December 2018).