Time running out for town’s survey

Only a week remains for you to have your say on the survey that could prove vital for the future of Heanor’s town centre.

Over the past month, the News and the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to run a survey asking you what you feel is the best plan of action to breath new life into the ailing market town.

Plenty of you have now logged on to complete the questionnaire, which asks you to identify where you think the town is failing and what can be done to improve it.

But the survey will only be online for one more week, so there is no time like the present to get filling in the form, which will only take five minutes of your time.

So far the Chamber of Commerce says it can reveal a number of early trends in the data it has received.

It says many of you say that there are not enough specialist stalls in the town and there are too many supermarkets in the area.

Many of you believe there is too much traffic flowing through the town centre and there is a lack of footfall on the Market Place.

Your solutions have ranged from providing opening rate reductions to entice businesses into Heanor, to creating a more pedestrian-friendly high street.

George Cowcher, chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce, said: “It doesn’t matter if you are a business owner, a shopper or a resident in Heanor, we want to hear from you so we can establish what the local issues are and how we can best address them.”

To access the online survey head to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HeanorHighStreet. If the idea of filling out a form is not to your taste, then you can also get involved in the debate via Facebook. The chamber has established a new group called Help for Heanor High Street, which anyone can join to discuss their plans for the town centre, no matter how big or small.

On Wednesday the newly established Heanor Task Force met for the second time.

Heanor has suffered from many shop closures including the Co-op supermarket.