Portas shops campaign backed by Burnham
Chamber of Trade
Chamber Of Trade has this week given its support to TV presenter
Mary Portas' nationwide campaign to raise the profile of high
Ms Portas, the star of TV show Mary Queen of Shops, outlined
almost 30 proposals to give town centres across the UK a much-needed
boost during the economic downturn.
Her report recommends greater inclusion of High Streets in neighbourhood
planning, a cut in regulations for High Street businesses, affordable
town centre parking, disincentives for landlords who leave shops
empty, the creation of new 'town teams' who would be responsible
for developing business, and more street markets.
Rhonda Mills, Chairman of Burnham Chamber Of Trade, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We in Burnham already have the basics of the Portas vision.
We just need more people coming into the town, taking time to
find what we have, plus more people with the energy and enthusiasm
to stage more events both in the town and theatre so that we can
continue to build on the town's uniqueness and underlying vibrance."
agree with Mary Portas that the High Street is an important part
of building a community. Burnham has a stronger sense of community
than most towns, which is valued by a core of people but not currently
quite enough to make it thrive as it deserves to do."
that use the businesses in the town regularly value the variety
and value of goods and high level of service. Young people enjoy
the fact that they can feel safe when going around the town."
Mrs Mills added: "Burnham has not become a clone of other
places but retained a unique mix. Our town still has housing,
a library, adult education, a sports centre, a cinema, several
art galleries, and a theatre. In addition, we have seaside style
entertainment, a lot of pubs that regularly provide live music,
and a huge variety of eateries for a small town. There is also
a lot of local produce and products, particularly arts-based,