Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Newspaper column 16 December 2015 - Newquay BID

One of the issues most often raised with me by residents of Newquay are the challenges facing the town centre. Like most seaside towns, Newquay has faced the challenges of maintaining a vibrant town centre amid the changing nature of retail.

It is often easy to be negative about the situation we face, however here in Newquay there has been a number of positive developments.

Recently the Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) had been named a “Rising Star” in the Great British High Street competition for its work in Newquay town center.  Newquay just missed out on the final but the judging panel were so impressed by the great strides made in improving their local high street, in particular the investment by the BID in events intended to increase visitor numbers and extend the season, that they awarded them the Rising Star award and £1000 cash.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Newquay BID has made a positive contribution to the town. I am sure they will be the first to acknowledge that they have not got everything right and there is still a great deal of work to do. Therefore, I was delighted to hear last Friday morning that the Newquay BID has been successfully re-elected for a second term.

The Newquay BID was formed in 2011 following the first successful vote by local businesses.  The BID has been in operation since then and has grown from strength to strength.  It has been great to witness the BID board and management team take an honest look at the issues that Newquay faces and then execute plans to tackle these issues head on.

I would like to congratulate the Chair of Newquay BID, Rachel Craze, the board and the Management Team on their re-election success.  I have sought to support this team since my election and their dedication and professionalism is to be admired. 

Looking to the future, the BID team have learnt lessons from their five years of experience.  I am sure there will be challenges going forward but I believe it is positive that their work to date has been recognised and they have been given another 5 years.

I am under no illusion that there is still a great deal of work to be done to develop the town into the vibrant business and retail centre we would all like to see. With the likelihood of more retailers coming to the edge of Newquay in the near future this will add both opportunity as well as further challenges. I will continue to do all I can to support those who are willing to take a lead and work together to make a difference.

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