Date for next public meeting in Heanor

A DATE has been set for the next Save Heanor Town Centre meeting.

The News is again calling on people from the market town who care about its future to get involved in the important debate at the meeting on Monday, April 2, hosted by the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce.

The event follows on from the successful meeting on November 30, which saw more than 70 townsfolk air their views about Heanor and the best ways to revive its flagging fortunes.

People there heard a presentation from Beeston Business Improvement District (BID) on how it had helped the Nottinghamshire town.

And a vocal crowd gave views on whether they thought the scheme, which would see business owners in the town centre pay a small fee towards regular improvements, would work in Heanor.

Ripley and Heanor News Editor Julie Crouch, said: “Great things have been happening in Heanor since November and some steps in the right direction have been made, but we need to keep the momentum going.

“It was wonderful to see so many of you last time and your opinions are so important.

“We want to know whether it is worth pursuing plans for a Business Improvement District and what steps to take next in a bid to keep this town vibrant.”

A number of topics are set to be discussed alongside the BID at the April 2 meeting, at St Lawrence’s Church, Market Place, Heanor, from 6pm to 7pm.

Heanor Traders’ Association is set to feedback about its plans to take over the management of the town’s market stalls.

Amber Valley Borough Council is also expected to talk about schemes to improve signage around the town.

There will also be news on a bid for the town to become a ‘Portas Pilot’, with a Town Team formed to submit a bid by March 30 on why Heanor should be one of 12 communities included in a retail experiment being trialed by the Government and fronted by TV’s Mary Queen of Shops, Mary Portas.

Successful Portas Pilot towns will receive £100,000 in funding and the backing of Whitehall . Town Team member and borough councillor Kevin Parkinson, said: “It’s all about putting together a strong bid at the moment - our bid focuses on the market place and on bringing faster broadband into the town centre.”