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Hundreds Respond to Market Survey Within Days of Going Live

Published Thursday, 17 November 2016

A survey on the proposed £9million redevelopment of the Clitheroe Market site has attracted hundreds of responses within days of going live.

Nearly 400 people have responded to the survey, which runs until 23 December and is part of the biggest public engagement programme ever undertaken in the borough.

And households, businesses and visitors across the borough who have not yet responded are invited to have their say.

The survey, which aims to establish Clitheroe’s shopping habits and retail requirements, will be backed up by a series of dedicated focus groups with traders, shoppers and youngsters.

Nelson contractor, investor and developer Barnfield Construction was selected to devise a redevelopment scheme for the 1.4 acre site last year following a rigorous selection process.

The aim of the redevelopment is to bring a new lease of life to the market and surrounding area, and the potential for attracting top new retailers and significant economic development to Clitheroe town centre.

Draft redevelopment proposals attracted a mixed response during an initial public consultation by Barnfield Construction, as a result of which Ribble Valley Borough Council decided to run its own comprehensive engagement programme to ensure all sections of the community could properly have their say.

The engagement programme is being overseen by a cross-party working group chaired by Ribble Valley Borough Council deputy leader Terry Hill, who said: “This scheme constitutes a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring modern retail and leisure facilities to Clitheroe town centre.

“It will stimulate investment and growth over the coming years by securing a number of high-quality retail and leisure operators not currently represented in the town.

“However, it has to be right for Clitheroe and the council is undertaking a comprehensive engagement programme prior to detailed plans being brought forward for consideration.

“The survey has attracted nearly 400 responses within days of going live and we are asking residents to have their say and help us take this important scheme forward for the benefit of Ribble Valley and its future generations.”

The survey is available online and at the Ribble Valley Borough Council Offices in Church Walk, Clitheroe, as well as Clitheroe and Longridge Libraries. It has been sent randomly to 2,000 local households, as well as 600 members of the Ribble Valley Citizens’ Panel, and will be backed up with street interviews conducted by a professional survey team and a series of focus groups.

The engagement programme runs until Friday 23 December, and the findings will be published in January.

Further details are available at Clitheroe Market Area Redevelopment.

 

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