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We need to talk about the role of local businesses and employment spaces on our high streets

Six weeks of consultation and over 400 comments provide interesting insights about the ways in which people are currently using the high streets. We are looking for more feedback about businesses and the challenges they face after the pandemic; would you be able to help us and share your thoughts?

Head to the Business and Community questionnaire to have your say. It will take you less than a minute to answer all five questions. Your views will help gauge the best strategies to support businesses and employment spaces in the future.

Most respondents have said the number one priority should be to help local entrepreneurs and social enterprises who might not afford to operate on our high streets to rent vacant properties.

Other popular ideas include allowing businesses to stay open for longer and to change use during the evening. Like a shop that becomes an events space at the end of the day.

Some of these proposals require funding, so we want to know how residents feel about a voluntary contribution. Should this money be spent locally and on projects chosen by residents – from greening to cultural events? Details will be discussed in the future. What do you think?

Please share your views through this quick questionnaire. And tell your friends, neighbours and work colleagues to get involved too!

The Future High Streets consultation closes on 30 September 2021.

Posted on 7th September 2021

by Felipe Villela