How would you spend £100,000?

  oresome 14 Mar 13
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No doubt very easily.

But not on yourself, on your local high street to smarten it up and stop the decline.

Admittedly the money won't go far, yet what money there is seems to be going begging with few proposals on how to spend it.

Perhaps the High Street is a lost cause and there is no point in standing in the way of progress.

  fourm member 14 Mar 13

If you spend the money and it does no good, you've failed. If you haven't spent it, you haven't failed and, for a while, can claim you're making sure it will be spent wisely.

  woodchip 14 Mar 13

No Idea, Got money now stashed away but when you get to 77 there is nothing I need

  Forum Editor 14 Mar 13

woodchip

Nobody is asking what you need - the money is to be spent on revitalising your local high street.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14 Mar 13

Lower the rents and get some people into the empty shops.

  Bing.alau 14 Mar 13

The original post does not specify that it must be spent on the High Street.

So my answer would have been "Very Quickly" as at eighty three I may not have all that much time to spend it.

  Bing.alau 14 Mar 13

Sorry I just read the heading.

  fourm member 15 Mar 13

Although this Mail Online piece mocks councils who have spent money on 'events' I'm not sure how else you would use it.

It is not enough to subsidise the early years of new shops and certainly not enough to change the appearance of a town centre.

All you can really hope to do is have a high profile event that brings people into town who haven't been for a while.

Perhaps the money hasn't been spent because councils know it is not enough but can't afford to top it up.

  Quickbeam 15 Mar 13

We have regular continental markets that come over here and do the rounds of most UK towns and markets. When that happens we get a substantial increase in town centre shopping.

Maybe we need to something like that permanently to make town centre shopping more of an event than a tiresome trudge around a bland shopping mall that's no different to any other regional shopping mall.

Possibly by covering the open pedestrianised streets with Victorian style glass and cast iron canopies (like a lot of seaside towns have) to make the High Street like an open mall with weather protection.

But you definitely have to do something to allow High St shops to compete with online retailers with cheap rate warehouse properties.

  morddwyd 15 Mar 13

But surely the current problem is that when people come into the town centres there are not enough shops for them to browse in. Coffee shops, estate agents, charity shops, chains which could be anywhere, bookies (HB is happy!) with the odd Tesco metro and closed shops and the like seem to dominate.

It's a chicken and egg situation. Retailers won't open without a decent footfall, and people won't come without a decent range of shops.

Since you can't subsidise the people, you must subsidise the shops, and £100K is simply not enough.

  finerty 17 Mar 13

stop the parking charges that would help for a start

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