Top group praises Advertiser's town centre survey

.With just days to go until the deadline for readers to make their views heard on ideas to improve Harrogate town centre, another major organisation has thrown its weight behind the Harrogate Advertiser's Town Centre Survey.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 21st August 2018, 4:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st August 2018, 4:40 pm
Time to embrace change - Harrogate town centre.
Time to embrace change - Harrogate town centre.

The chief executive of Visit Harrogate, a private sector-led organisation backed partly by Harrogate Borough Council, said it was important the entire community got involved in the debate by filling in the survey, which you can fill in here, online.

Richard Spencer said: "We are officially supporting the Harrogate Advertisers big town centre survey as we must all, as consumers and visitors, share the responsibility of this conversation.

"All the team here have filled out the survey and it only took a few minutes - a great opportunity to think about the future of the High Street as it changes, as it always has done."This is our chance to contribute to the debate on how we keep Harrogate town relevant and viable. "For me, that means a place where communities of people, locals and visitors, meet, share and be entertained."

There has been a big response since the Harrogate Advertiser launched its Town Centre Survey nearly three weeks to give the public the chance to have their say on positive ways of improving Harrogate town centre.

The aim of the survey, which has a deadline of this Friday, is to ensure the public gets the chance to air its own ideas on the subject.

.Visit Harrogate, which also runs the official tourism website for Harrogate and district, is keen to counter general concern over the wave of recent closures in Harrogate town centre's retail sector, mainly of national chains.While recognising the challenges, it is convinced that positive new ideas will safeguard Harrogate town centre's future success.

Richard Spencer said: "Visit Harrogate, as the destination marketing agency for the town and district, working with local businesses, aims to attract over one million new visitors to the area over the next three years."Continuously reinvigorating and re-fashioning our town centre offer will play a key role in achieving that ambition."Harrogate, like any town in the UK, is facing unprecedented challenges of change in both peoples shopping habits and the retail landscape. "Nostalgia will not save the High Street. But providing a place for people to gather and engage and have a great shareable experience - well, that's a different matter. "It's time for us all to join the conversation."

The deadline for completing our survey is Friday, August 24.The results will be published in the Harrogate Advertiser on Thursday, August 30.

Your views will also be presented to Harrogate Borough Council, the Business Improvement District team, Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce and Visit Harrogate.

if you are filling in the printed form, please send the completed form to: Town Centre Survey, Harrogate Advertiser, 1 Cardale Park, Harrogate, HG3 1RZ.

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