Calls for Spalding traders and councillors to work together to put 'sparkle' back into the town
People across Spalding are being urged to work together to bring about changes to put the “sparkle back into the town”.
Spalding has a lot to offer with its wide range of independent traders, as well as big name brands, but threats created by online shopping and other issues have prompted a call for change.
The town has been left reeling following the proposed closure of the M&S Foodstore, while Beales and Bon Marche are also under threat.
A campaign to promote use of the town centre over online shopping, a potential reward scheme, free car parking, and events are among the things suggested by traders to bring people back into the town.
Emma Peake, who runs Daisies Flower Shop in The Crescent, said: “We need to put the sparkle back into Spalding and we need to pull together to do that.”
South Holland District Council announced last year that it will be investing £500,000 in the regeneration of Spalding and Holbeach town centres.
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The councilwants to work with traders, shoppers and residents on future plans for the town centres.
Coun Nick Worth, portfolio holder for commercialisation, said: “Every town up and down the country is facing the same issues with their high streets: namely, that shopping habits have changed dramatically over the past few years and businesses are having to adapt and change with the times.
“As a council, we are determined to support our town centres as much as we can – that’s why we’ll be holding discussions shortly with local businesses, market traders, residents and community groups to look at ways we can improve our high streets.
“We have a district we should all be proud of and these planned engagement sessions will be a chance for everybody to come together and share their ideas for the benefit of everyone living and working in South Holland.
“Anyone interested in getting involved in these discussions should keep an eye on our social media channels, our website and also the Spalding Guardian, who are supporting us with this initiative.”
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