Attracting businesses & visitors

The town has some fantastic businesses and an excellent college. It should be investigated why our young people have such low aspirations. We need to give them good reasons to stay if we are to prevent the town from dying.

Provide co-working space with excellent broadband and networking opportunities for start-ups. If this is in town, maybe in the old M&S or Poundstretcher building it would bring more people into town. The multi-storey is close by, perhaps concessions could be provided.

Whilst redeveloping the old Scala cinema could be beneficial, it should not be to the detriment of existing facilities. Blackfriars, Sam Newson, the Guildhall and the redevelopment of Shodfriars should be fully supported. Blackfriars in particular attracts people in with their shows and events, and they are likely to spend money on food or drink in town.

Shops should not be allowed to have full decals in their windows as is the case on West Street.

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