We have to accept that the nature of retail shopping is changing rapidly to online platforms. The leisure/food and drinks industry is a growth sector, it creates employment and boosts the local economy by encouraging residents to remain in the area and spend cash, along with attracting visitors from outside Redditch. The area around the church and near the theatre could be developed to provide a vibrant selection of bars, restaurants, cafes, tea shops and live music venues. It should be the hub of entertainment and dining in the town.
Currently, the town centre is disjointed with a cinema at one end of the town and a couple of fast food restaurants. Perhaps this is suitable for the younger population of the town and rightly so, but providing an entertainment area for adults should also be considered. Most of us have to travel to Bromsgrove and beyond for decent food and entertainment facilities.
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