In these financially difficult times, councils have a critical role in supporting their high streets and local economies. The recently-announced Government fund, the Future High Street X-Fund, has provided £1 million for high streets, but councils have been proactively supporting their high streets over many years. We know many are teaming up with the business, voluntary and public sectors to take innovative and effective action to boost their high street and encourage their residents to back local businesses.
To support this work the LGA is holding a ‘Managing the night-time economy' conference to bring together some of the most distinctive ways in which councils have been working to boost or maintain their high streets. It is clear that high streets and town centres have moved beyond the traditional model of shop-based localities, but unmanaged change can result in either empty shops or a proliferation of a single type of premises. The resulting cultural desert or nocturnal no-go area is not good for either business or residents.
So how can councils show practical leadership to avoid this fate?
The conference will explore how tools such as the new powers of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act, the Purple Flag Awards, the planning system, and partnerships with other organisations can all be used to create a vibrant, safe, clean and well-managed night-time economy. You will hear practical experiences from areas such as Cornwall, Chelmsford and Westminster, who have created areas that attracts residents, businesses and visitors alike, stimulating a hive of cultural and creative activity in the local area.
You may even pick up some ideas for your bid to the Future High Street X-Fund.
You can book place at the conterence here:
23 January 2013