High Street event cancelled due to lack of interest

AN EVENT that was organised to discuss boosting businesses on Arbroath High Street has been cancelled due to a lack of interest.

Arbroath and Area Partnership had arranged ‘Hope on the High Street’, which was due to take place on Wednesday (October 17) in the Webster Memorial Theatre.

The partnership is currently working on the regeneration of Arbroath town centre through the Arbroath Town Centre Regeneration Group.

The group is working hard to deliver an innovative package of redevelopment to attract more visitors, help existing traders to flourish, encourage new business to the area and invigorate the town centre for the benefit of the local community.

The event was being held in order to address the all too familiar concerns about the demise of High Streets in many of our town centres, and it offered a unique opportunity to participate in planning how we can breathe new life into the High Street and boost business for local traders.

Whilst the event was to take place throughout the day - the Wednesday had been decided upon as this was the traditional half-day closing day in the town - in order to allow time for a full and varied programme of both presentations and action planning, the group had offered the opportunity for those who could not manage along on the day to attend a shorter feedback event on the same evening.

However, the uptake of places for the alternative evening event was also low.

Harry Simpson, chair of the Arbroath and Area Partnership said: “I am disappointed that there was a low uptake of places at the event, but would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who had booked places.

“Our group will be in touch again in due course as we are now looking at alternative ways to progress this priority.

“We recognise that the High Street is at the heart of any town and we will be continuing in our efforts to transform Arbroath High Street into a more attractive, vibrant and visitor friendly space”.

For more information about the work of the Arbroath Town Centre Regeneration Group and how you can get involved, please contact the Arbroath and Area Local Community Planning Team on 01241 433258 or email fagans@angus.gov.uk