TOWN CENTRE REVITALISATION

 

Presentation by Tony Corbin, Town Development Officer and Stewart Parrington, Whitchurch Association Team Leader

 

Slide 1 - Welcome
  WHITCHURCH ASSOCIATION Town Action Plan Team
Whitchurch Town Centre Revitalisation Project
Kick off Meeting
Stewart Parrington/Tony Corbin

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Slide 2 - Suggested Agenda
 
Suggested Agenda
  Context
Substance
Aims
Initial ideas
Christmas 2005?
Next Steps


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Slide 3 - Context
 
Context
  Healthcheck respondents:
   
Town centre described as ‘drab’ (42.2%)
 Detracts from Town’s ‘image’
 61.4% shopped in Whitchurch for ‘last minute items’
 81.3% shopped out of Whitchurch (more choice)
 
More Competition
Empty units/closures
The Internet
Changing work/social patterns
Declining event attendance levels
Recent ‘informal’ dialogue

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Slide 4 -Town Centre Revitalisation
 
Substance:
 
Potentially long term (with your pro-active support here to stay not gone tomorrow!)
Local Authority and LSP supported (in kind and potentially via grant aid…££££ e.g. CTI and POPPi)
Focused upon business and community needs (e.g. responses via the Healthcheck)
Locally driven (Community Groups/Local Business)
Supported and facilitated by WA Town Action Plan Team

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Slide 5 -Town Centre Revitalisation
 
Project Aims:
 
Improve visual appearance
Bring ‘pride and vitality’ to the town
Increase town centre ‘footfall’
Business in the Community (more business/community group collaboration)
Encourage loyalty (shopping locally for local produce from local shops is also kind to the environment!)

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Slide 6 -Town Centre Revitalisation Project
 
Initial Ideas – What do you think?
 
‘Spend a Day in Whitchurch’ Tourism initiative (incl new local Heritage Centre)
Built environment improvements (partly grant aid enabled)
Publicity (education) – support your local shops..use or lose! (inc via Whitchurch Web)
Traders Association (collaboration on events, issues, staffing, window displays, skills etc)
Events – inc. Food & Drink festival, Street Market, Community Groups, Christmas initiatives

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Slide 7 -Town Centre Revitalisation Project
 
Focus on Christmas Initiatives (Commencing 2005)
 
The ‘Whitchurch Christmas experience’
   
»Wide promotion under ‘one banner’ of existing community and Town Centre events?
»Themed day or late night shopping event?
»Help with Window Displays (prize for winner)?
»Children’s ‘shop window competition’?
»What else?? Name??
A modest beginning ....
bigger and better in 2006

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Slide 8 - Next Steps
 
1.Can we achieve a festive spirit and make Christmas 2005 in Whitchurch a very special experience for young and old?
2.Are you enthused by the overall initiative?
3.What next – working group? (who/when/how)
 
Thank You

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