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Traders to hold talks on town forum

Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce president 
Phil Scarlett with Nigel Burch, economic development manager for South Holland District Council.  ENGANL00120130821134843.

Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlett with Nigel Burch, economic development manager for South Holland District Council. ENGANL00120130821134843.

Retailers in Spalding are to hold talks tomorrow about setting up a new forum for themselves in the town.

The meeting, organised by Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce, takes place at Sainsbury’s, Holland Market, Spalding, at 7.45am.

It is open to all retailers and traders in the town centre, regardless of whether they are a chamber member or not.

The idea for the forum comes after South Holland District Council cabinet members agreed to hand out £74,000 towards the appointment of a new town centre manager for Spalding.

Chamber president Phil Scarlett said: “With the imminent arrival of a town centre manager, it’s important that retailers come together regularly to provide input and ensure they make the most of this opportunity.

“Retailers should be the ones driving the agenda for the town centre manager and with forums such as Spalding Business Club and South Holland Tourism Forum already in place, a retailers’ forum will be the last link in the chain for businesses in Spalding.”

The cash for a town centre manager is coming from an outstanding pot of more than £200,000 from the developers of Springfields Outlet Shopping, Spalding, which opened in 2004.

Out of an original contribution of £900,000, just under £208,000 is still to be spent and the town centre manager was one of four projects to be given funding by district council cabinet members at a meeting last month.

Gavin Allmand, director of Hills Department Store, Spalding, said: “I believe our town centre has suffered, like many others, and the traders need to be united behind a town centre manager who can work together with our council to improve things for our town, our shoppers and our businesses.

“It is people that we need in our town centre.”

 

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