Plans to help increase visitor footfall in Front Street, Acomb and Haxby are set to get the green light next week.
Community groups in Acomb and Haxby could receive a share of £50k from City of York Council to provide immediate measures to help makeover their shopping areas.
A further £50k would be allocated to undertake a study exploring the long term trends in retail in these areas.
The draft Local Plan for York defines two secondary shopping areas in York on Front Street, Acomb and The Village, Haxby. Residents, traders and community groups were asked for their ideas on ways to improve the shopping areas in 2017, which has since helped to identify a list of potential projects.
Cllr Keith Aspden, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement, said:
“We’ve listened to residents, community groups and traders and now we want to take their ideas forward to help really make a difference in Front Street, Acomb and Haxby.
“We all want to see shopping areas, including those outside of the city centre, have the same success as Bishy Road. These grants are just one step we are taking towards achieving this and improving the overall experience by making these areas more attractive.”
The grants are set to be divided equally between immediate and longer terms measures. The immediate measure include installing Christmas lights , making recycling area improvements, improving wayfinding signage and introducing new planters on Front Street, Acomb.
A feasibility study for the creation of a local traders’ association in Haxby is designed to make long term impacts in the area. This will enable the council to work with local businesses and improve the business environment and consider physical improvements to the area.
Organisations will be required to fully deliver projects by August 2019 and to report back by the 30 August 2019 on project delivery.
In parallel with these measures, it’s proposed that £50k be used to procure consultants to undertake a study exploring the long-term trends in retail and how they might impact on growth in both Front Street, Acomb and Haxby.
This will look at:
- The current understanding of the area and the demography of shoppers
- The public realm and street layout, identifying scope for improvements with outline costings
- The retail/leisure/community use mix in each area with recommendations
- Transport links, car parking, and measures to sustain and build footfall
- Longer term trends in retailing and their likely impact on secondary shopping areas.
The study would be undertaken in the current financial year, with a report to be submitted before December 2018. This would then inform potential future investments in both secondary shopping areas.
A report will be taken to the Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement’s Decision Session on Tuesday 3 July. This meeting is being held at West Offices from 2pm and is open to members of the public or is available to watch later online from: www.york.gov.uk/webcasts
To find out more about the report, or to attend, visit: http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=735&MId=10820.