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Kingswood Business Association

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.

Have your say on Kingswood’s Love Our High Street proposals

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.

Kingswood Park

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:

  • action to tackle empty premises
  • delivery of a Makerspace Studio – a digital learning classroom in the high street, with a range of equipment for use by schools, families and anyone wanting to improve their career skills
  • work to stabilise Whitfield Tabernacle and support a Heritage Lottery Fund bid to further improve the Tabernacle and bring it back into community use
  • future planning of Kingswood urban area to provide new employment, new housing, public and green space and to improve existing heritage
  • a range of community-led projects
  • additional street cleaning machinery and new bins
  • possible new infrastructure and community facilities for Kingswood Park and support for a separate Heritage Lottery Fund application

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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Springswood in Kingswood

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.

Kingswood Park

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.’

Did you know?

    Kingswood Park
  • There are over 85 retail units in the town centre totalling over 85,000 sqft of A1 retail floor space
  • Kingswood’s retail vacancy rate has reduced in recent years and provides choice for new investment
  • Over 300 businesses employ around 4,000 people in and around its town centre and industrial sites
  • Kingswood businesses support Small Business Saturday to encourage footfall in to the town centre
  • 12,000 people are served by Kingswood town centre in just the Woodstock and Kingschase wards

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