Published — 15 April, 2019
Local MP wants your views on Harrogate’s retail scene
Harrogate’s MP is carrying out an inquiry in to retail in the town. Andrew Jones is asking residents to help by having their say on the town centre’s future through an online survey.
The Harrogate Retail Inquiry builds on the success of last year’s Knaresborough Retail Inquiry where more than 2000 people responded.
A paper copy of the survey is being delivered to 10,000 randomly selected households with Mr Jones’s Annual Report – both delivered at no cost to the taxpayer. The electronic version can be accessed online by all Harrogate residents. There is no closing date for the survey and Mr Jones will publish the results over the summer.
The Harrogate Retail Inquiry is a detailed investigation with 28 questions around all aspects of the customer experience in Harrogate. Topics include pedestrianisation, cycling infrastructure, empty shops, cleanliness, parking charges and bus services.
“I want the public to be at the forefront of this retail inquiry; without shoppers we would not have a town centre so their views are hugely important.
“As a result of the Knaresborough Retail Inquiry local councillors and I gained a better understanding of the needs of Knaresborough town centre. Knaresborough now has twice as many market stalls as before with a new publicity budget to support the market. The council are also in discussions to bring empty shops back into use. The Knaresborough Retail Inquiry provided a lot of information which fed into the policy making in this area. It was a great success.
Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate & Knaresborough
“I want to replicate that success in Harrogate so we can buck the national trend of failing high streets and continue Harrogate’s reputation as the go-to shopping destination in Yorkshire.”
You can take part in the retail inquiry at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/K92LK3S.
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