Does your business serve the local community? Would more footfall help your business to prosper? Do you want to work with other local businesses to increase trade and footfall in Kingswood?
Please come along to Kingswood Business Association and explore how this can be achieved with your help and support.
For enquiries, please email Acting Secretary Kim Scudamore at or telephone 01454 864140.
South Gloucestershire Council want to hear local people’s views on proposals to invest in Kingswood High Street through the West of England Combined Authority’s (WECA) ‘Love Our High Streets’ project.
We’ve submitted proposals to WECA worth up to £3m and we want to use some of the funding to identify and support community-driven projects and priorities, so we are launching this consultation to gather the views and suggestions of local people.
Our current suggestions for Kingswood High Street include funding to support:
These proposals follow a considerable amount of work undertaken by the Council to explore some of the challenges facing urban high streets. The new Local Plan consultation document (published in February 2018) set out the Council’s intentions for a ‘new approach to urban living’, ‘identifying the potential to improve and restore the status and performance of the urban areas’. The priority has also been recognised nationally by the Government who announced £675m of investment into a ‘Future High Streets Fund’ to ‘help local leaders implement bold new visions to transform their town centres and make them fit for the future’.
Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Toby Savage, said: "Communities across South Gloucestershire are seeing the benefits of our decision to accept the government's devolution deal and create the Combined Authority.
“This latest investment from WECA provides us with an excellent opportunity to fund new and innovative proposals in the High Street which will benefit the local community.
“The funding would complement existing interventions that the Council and partner organisations were already making locally. We now want to hear local people’s views on these proposals and about their priorities for further investment and then crack on with delivery.”
West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles said: “I welcome this next stage in our Love our High Streets project as we work with our three constituent councils to transform key high streets and town centres across our region. I encourage people to take part in the consultation and share their thoughts on South Gloucestershire Council’s proposals for how to give Kingswood High Street a boost.”
We would like to hear residents’ views on the proposals by 6 March 2019.
Have your say by visiting www.southglos.gov.uk/loveourhighstreets
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You may be aware of the success of the first stage of Springswood in Kingswood, led by The Friends of Kingswood Park and local councillors and supported by the Kingswood Business Association.
The long term aim of Springswood in Kingswood is to make Kingswood less grey and more green making it a better place in which to live, shop and trade.
Many residents helped install planters in and around the town centre in early summer, local businesses helped with watering and maintenance and volunteers have expanded the project to include extra beds in Cecil Road.
Jim Whittaker, chair of the Friends of Kingswood Park commented, ‘Contrary to the fears of some, the planters were enjoyed and respected by residents, shoppers, traders and those who enjoy a night out in Kingswood. This just emphasises what a civilised place Kingswood town centre is. However, it is still a little grey. Slowly we are beginning to do something to make it more green.’
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