Time for a town centre rethink – 6

This is number 6 in our short series of planned posts looking at the questions, challenges and some possible solutions around the future of Chesterfield town centre. We’ve a few more to come in advance of our meeting to discuss the issue on 27 February – see the bottom of this post for more information.

Chesterfield is a small town and we need to be realistic about the degree of change that is possible. For example, the council is not in control of most of the property in the town. It doesn’t set the rents of properties that it doesn’t own or the level of business rates.  Public finances are also under great pressure.’

There’s surely a need for continued and effective work with landlords. This can be difficult with out of town companies who might just be content to sit on an ‘asset’. Affordable rents are required here, rather than properties sitting empty. Take the former Co-op. The ground floor has been empty for four years. And what have the owners of the former M&S store got planned? 

Want to contribute to the debate we think is needed into our town centre’s future? Please come along to our meeting on 27th February at St Thomas Church Centre, Chatsworth Road, Brampton, starting at 7.30 pm (doors open 7 pm). Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

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