The shops on the outskirts should have incentives (lower rates) to move closer into town, to create a more central area. The outskirts should then be developed to provide affordable housing, including houses and bungalow’s to encourage a range of ages, not just student accommodation. If there are more people living closer to town, then this should increase footfall and spending. The town’s market should also be developed for a regular farmers market event. There is a regular market on the first Saturday of every month at nearby Rhode Hall, which is highly successful. Perhaps the charge for stalls needs to be cheaper in Newcastle?
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