Councillors to discuss plan to make the town centre vibrant for the future
Basingstoke town centre continues to perform well in very challenging times for high streets across the country with Festival Place ranked as the 20th top shopping centre in the UK for the past three years. A Town Centre Programme was launched in 2013 to support businesses and improve the visitor experience and saw the introduction of a number of initiatives including a successful events programme, the IncuHive enterprise space and a grant scheme for the Top of the Town.
Last year the Town Centre Events Programme, delivered by the Basingstoke Together Business Improvement District with support from the council, included a number of events such as the B Active day and The Event Box, creative workshops and performances for children.
At a meeting on Thursday (4 July), councillors on the Economic, Planning and Housing Committee will discuss proposals to develop a long-term strategy which will include the town centre, Basing View, the area around the train station, town centre parks, Fairfields conservation area and Basingstoke Leisure Park.
Working closely with partners, the strategy will aim to ensure the central Basingstoke area stays vibrant and responds to consumer trends and expectations for the next 30 years, considering a number of factors such as town centre uses and transport.
Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Property Cllr John Izett said: “The town centre is at the heart of our borough and it is important that we work closely with our partners to ensure it remains vibrant in the future.
“Our town centre has so much to offer and is performing well but high streets across the country are having to contend with massive challenges such as the rise in internet shopping.
“It is right that we plan for the future to enhance the offer and accessibility of the town centre as a great place to shop, work, live, dine and play for our residents and visitors.”