Chamber says ‘your town needs you’ to Heanor folk


A FINAL call to action has been sounded by the organisers of Heanor’s high street action meeting.

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce is calling on townsfolk to join in an important debate at the Wilmot Street Centre on Wednesday, November 30, at 7pm to 8pm.

The meeting will discuss the results of the chambers recently completed survey of the Heanor high street.

The News will also be on hand to talk about our Staying Alive ‘Staying Alive’ campaign to keep the town vibrant.

But most importantly it will give the public a perfect platform to respond to some of the survey results and air any possible solutions.

Chief executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, George Cowcher said: “This meeting is the latest stage in the campaign to breathe new life into Heanor’s high street and we are delighted with the interest and support we have received so far.

“There is no quick fix to this and the next stage of the campaign is crucial as it will help to establish what our future goals and objectives are.

“It’s important that we all work together and pull in the same direction and this meeting will give business-owners and residents alike the chance to come along, listen to key stakeholders and share their ideas on how some of the issues highlighted in the survey can be best addressed for the overall benefit of Heanor town centre.”

There is to be an open format to the meeting’s proceedings.

Members of the public will be given time to make suggestions and join in with the debate.

A top table will feature the meeting chairman Ian Morgan, who is deputy chairman of Trent Barton, Stephen Jackson, economic regeneration manager at Amber Valley Borough Council, Ella McManus, from the Heanor Development Trust, Simon Minto, from the Heanor Traders’ Association, Cllr Kevin Parkinson of Derbyshire and Amber Valley Borough councils and Editor of the Ripley and Heanor News Julie Crouch.

Mr Minto has added to the call for people to attend the public meeting.

He said: “We want to get as many people there as possible.

“It is to discuss the community, their town centre, that’s what it’s about.

“It’s okay for people to say the town’s failing, but they’ve got to do something about it – this is the perfect opportunity.”