THE RESULTS of Heanor’s high street survey are in after almost 100 businesses gave their views on how the ailing town centre can be improved
Since June the News has been asking retailers and shoppers using the town centre to take part in an online survey run in conjunction with the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce.
It gave you the chance to say where you felt the town could be improved and how trade could be boosted in the coming years.
And cheaper car parking and introductory offers for new businesses came out top in the list of possible solutions.
Chief executive of the chamber of commerce George Cowcher said: “The results of this survey are extremely interesting and provide us with some real insight into what the issues facing Heanor High Street are.
“It’s an encouraging starting point and we can now look at starting to take some firm action to resolve some of these concerns.”
When asked about possible solutions to the problems, 86 per cent suggested providing incentives to encourage firms to relocate to Heanor, 78 per cent said cheaper car parking, 55 per cent said retailers and businesses working closer together and 35 per cent opted for environmental improvements. Loyalty schemes, improved signage and improved access were also mentioned.
When asked what the biggest threat to shops and businesses based in Heanor were, 80 per cent said supermarkets, and 66 per cent cited inadequate car parking.
Crime and anti-social behaviour, a growth in online shopping and accessibility problems were also highlighted.
Following the release of the survey results, the Chamber has drawn up an action plan to take the campaign forward. It includes forming a Help for Heanor High Street action group and proposing a consultation event to bring businesses together with town centre partners.
Readers can support the campaign by joining the Help for Heanor High Street Facebook group. The Chamber is also welcoming direct approaches from any groups actively campaigning to improve Heanor. For more information, contact Nick Chischniak, the Chamber’s policy manager on 01246 207207.