Expert on first town meeting:

Comments please Leader of Ripley Town Council Steve Freeborn and Liz Bourne of Action for Market Towns look over the ideas drummed up by Ripley folk at Monday's meeting to improve the town's trade prospects.
Comments please Leader of Ripley Town Council Steve Freeborn and Liz Bourne of Action for Market Towns look over the ideas drummed up by Ripley folk at Monday's meeting to improve the town's trade prospects.
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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 .”