Time to rethink our town centre – 5

Times are tough and we need to make it easier for businesses to start up by offering smaller units and tailoring the size to be just below the threshold for business rates. This would encourage new independents to try their luck alongside the existing independent offering.

The free off-peak parking for residents has been a hit with locals. But what can be done about parking? Our shopping centre and out-of-town competitors usually have free parking. Should new ways of growing the off-peak offer on selected days and times to encourage more visits be examined? Is public transport accessible – certainly a start has been made with bus arrival and departure displays at bus stops. But what about the area you get on and off the buses – is it clean and safe?

Come along our meeting on 27th February at St Thomas Church Centre, Chatsworth Road, Brampton, starting at 7.30 pm. We’ll be discussing some of the questions posed in these posts, your replies and what might be done. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

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