In 2016 Anna launched a campaign to revitalise Redcar High Street.
Working with Redcar & Cleveland Labour Council, the project has sought ideas from the public to help get our town back on its feet.
Like many High Streets, Redcar has suffered over recent years with more empty shops and declining footfall. Anna and local councillors want to turn that around.
Like many High Streets, Redcar has suffered over recent years with more empty shops and declining footfall. Everyone we speak to, from business owners to residents, have strong views about what is good and bad, and, crucially, loads of ideas about what they want to see.
Working with local councillors Neil Baldwin, Carl Quartermain, and Alec Brown, Anna called a public meeting on September 2nd 2016 to hear your views on getting the town back on its feet.
In September 2016 Anna and local councillors Neil Baldwin, Carl Quartermain, and Alec Brown, called a public meeting on to hear your views on getting the town back on its feet.
It was great to see so many people passionate about the future of our town and with so many great ideas about how to revitalise it. Some were practical and achievable, whereas other are much bigger ambitions and will take time to explore.
We launched a website www.inspiringredcar.co.uk which has all of the feedback from the meeting and is a way for people to join the debate, rate ideas, and submit more.
High Street Clean Up
One of the biggest issues you told us about is the cleanliness of the High Street – people feel it is grubby and looks old which puts people off visiting. This is something that could be acted on straight away.
Councillor Alec Brown, the Cabinet Member responsible for Neighbourhoods, set up a “Love your High Street” day on 23rd October. This included pressure washing the pavements, removing things like chewing gum and overgrowth, and painting. The local community, including FRED and businesses, helped out to improve the look and feel of the High Street.
Proposals for change
Following the public meeting and the online feedback, proposals have been drawn up based on the main priorities you told us, including:
- Making use of empty units
- Retail space for start-ups
- Improving poor quality shop fronts
- Improving the image and marketing of the town
- Advice and support for new businesses
- Encouraging more people to live in the town centre.
The proposals are backed up by a multi-million pound investment fund, including £1 million committed by the council and £5 million secured by the SSI Taskforce.
For the project to be a success it needs to be a proper partnership with businesses and the community. The council held a consultation event on the plans for further feedback.
The next step is turning these proposals and ideas into action. The council are now putting together a plan based on all of the feedback and that will be announced in the coming months.