More than 30 people
helped to draw up the first stages of a plan aimed at making Ripley town centre thrive again at a public meeting this week.
The town council called Monday’s meeting because of recent shop closures in the town and the proposal to build a Morrisons store on the edge of Ripley. It was aimed at gauging residents’ opinions on issues facing town centre trade.
Information gathered will also help in drawing up a ‘neighbourhood plan’. The legal document could then affect where future development takes place in Ripley.
A date will soon be set for a second meeting, said leader of the council Cllr Steve Freeborn.
“In calling this meeting, in seeking to put together an action plan for Ripley town centre - it’s really driven by a recognition that the town centre is struggling,” he said.
“We can look at ways at making the town more accessible, and certainly a more vibrant and exciting place for people.”
People came up with ways of improving the centre, including staging a continental market. They also listed threats to trade.
Retired Brian Rose said: “I thought the meeting was good and I’m looking forward to the next one.
“It was good to get together .”