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We’ve outlined some key themes from your responses to our survey earlier this year
We’ve been overwhelmed by your engagement to our survey earlier this year, with just over 2400 responses received from citizens and businesses – thank you all for getting involved!
Below, we have collated some key themes from your responses.
We’ve also included some questions – if you’d like to submit any responses to some, or all, of these questions we’ve put our email address at the end of this blog for you to get in touch.
The RAC estimates that in 1952 there were 2.5 million vehicles on Britain’s roads. By December 2020 this had increased to 38.6 million licensed vehicles.
With this in mind, it’s unsurprising that the most of you (73%) regularly access your town centres by car and under (20%) using public transport as an alternative method.
Some of your concerns noted that: limited availability of public transport, access to car parking and the cost of car parking are key barriers to visiting your town centres more often. Free car parking at out-of-town retail parks has become a threat to the town centre footfall.
We think there’s an opportunity for some rebalancing of charging for car parking to create a more level playing field for our town centres. Do you agree?
Since 2014, just under £900m has been directly funded and enabled by the Welsh Government for town centre regeneration. Despite this, 1 in 7 shops are empty on high streets in Wales and over 400 national chain stores closed on our high streets in 2020.
From reading your comments, we recognise that there is an opportunity to explore the potential to change the use of empty buildings – creating more leisure, recreation and community use. By doing so, this could encourage people to visit town centres by offering services and activities that are sustainable and accessible for all ages.
Swansea University have set up a free-to-enter exhibition in Swansea city centre in a unit that has recently become empty. The exhibition, Oriel Science, showcases some of the real-life science research going on at the University and offer workshops and talks. This has re-purposed a previous retail space whilst reaching out to the local community and inspiring the next generation of local scientists and innovators.
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In recent years there has been a noticeable reduction in essential services in town centres across Wales. Between 2012 and 2020, bank and building society branches in Wales reduced by 28.8% and the number of ATMs fell by 18% in the last three years. Post offices have marginally fallen by 3.9% in the last decade.
Our survey indicated that before the pandemic, the three main reasons that you visited your town centre was for: shopping (especially food), socialising and accessing key local services such as the council, health services or a bank.
With this in mind, most of you said that you don’t think that your town centre provides all the key local services that you require.
Our surveys found that overwhelmingly you felt that the local leaders do not have ambitious plans for your town centres, and only a quarter of you were confident for the future of your town centres.
Things can change for the better. At the town centre regeneration webinar held in May, we heard some inspiring and alternative methods of delivering successful regeneration, including:
In each of these places regeneration has been led by local people and businesses supported by their councils and Welsh Government.
Tell us how regeneration programmes in your town centres are working...
Eye sore and derelict buildings in town centres were frequently flagged in your survey responses as major problems on the high street. There are many ways that these can be addressed by councils, such as Compulsory Purchase Orders, but they are often expensive and can take a long time.
During the webinar in May, we heard from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council who shared their aspiration to “connect the hight street to the river for leisure”. This entails demolishing a shopping centre to create a green, open space to hold events and spaces for young people. They are also looking to relocate the Council headquarters near the new riverside/town centre.
Tell us how councils should tackle the problems facing your town.
We heard that 90% of your businesses have applied for, and received, emergency funding from Welsh Government to help you survive the full impact of the pandemic. In response to this, most businesses have diversified their offer to ensure they can continue to operate by providing an online service (74%); offering home delivery and take away services (35%); introducing mobile services including pop ups (21%); and converting premises for alternative use or trade (12%).
However, COVID-19 has changed how often people visit and use their town centres, with 91% stating they visit less frequently than in the past. This Raises challenges in the future.
Do you have some answers to some of our questions above? Drop us an email, we love to hear more – email@example.com
There will be an opportunity to carry on with the #YourTown conversation in a live webinar on 2 September 2021. In the webinar we’ll be exploring, identifying and discussing research on the regeneration of Welsh towns.
Register your interest on our website – we hope to see you there!