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West Bridgford Growth Board thanks Commissioners for report’s findings

17 November 2017

West Bridgford Growth Board has thanked independent commissioners for their findings on ways to further boost the town’s economy.

Cllr Roger Upton, ‌Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing and Planning and Chair of West Bridgford Growth Board, praised Mick Burrows, Kim Cassidy and Tim Richmond OBE for their detailed insights in the report published yesterday (November 16) at www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/wbcommissioners/ Cllr Upton and commissioners

 The report highlights key themes to enhance the town centre’s retail and leisure offer through a more integrated approach.

 Cllr Upton said the Board, together with Rushcliffe Borough Council, will now carefully consider its findings and recommendations for the whole of West Bridgford.

 He said: “I would like to place on record my thanks and appreciation for the time, effort and commitment shown by the Commissioners.

 “The report is an excellent body of work that provides a strong foundation to support the actions and resources that will be needed by the Council and other key stakeholders who share our ambition to keep West Bridgford as a thriving destination for business, shopping and leisure activities.”

 The Council set up the West Bridgford Growth Board with the aim of ensuring that the town continues to thrive as well as enhance its existing offer.

 To support this ambition Leader of The Council, Councillor Simon Robinson, as the previous chairman of the West Bridgford Growth Board, enlisted the support of the Commissioners to provide the independent, impartial and objective report.

 Cllr Upton added: “Importantly, the trust and confidence the Commissioners developed as part of this exercise has ensured an informed, evidence-based and shared debate with a wide range of residents, business and other interested parties.

 “Their approach means the rich depth of evidence they have gathered to support the report’s findings has been grouped into six themes - Accessibility, Balance and Blend, Local and Level, Green Space, Town Centre Coordination and Strategic Considerations. Each theme has a number of key recommendations.

 “I am delighted at the findings and these will assist in providing a clear and coherent approach to support our emerging and exciting vision for the future success of West Bridgford which is a vital component of the Rushcliffe economy.

 “In addition to supporting the future vision and work of the Growth Board, we will carefully consider the report further and prepare an Action Plan by May 2018 with recommendations to the authority’s Cabinet.

 “It is intended that this plan will contain a range of short, medium and long term actions which can be tracked by the community whilst also shaping the future activity of the Council with the support of key partners.

 “However the main initial focus for the action plan will be on digital engagement to support economic growth, car parking and plans around Tudor Square.”