Road closures to boost Clitheroe trade

This Is Lancashire: Road closures to boost Clitheroe trade Road closures to boost Clitheroe trade

A VEHICLE ban covering part of Clitheroe town centre is being discussed by council officers.

The plan to close a section of the town centre to traffic on ‘a number’ of Saturdays in the summer is part of a bid to increase footfall to the Ribble Valley town.

The idea for a ‘pedestrian-friendly space’ was raised at a recent meeting of the Clitheroe Town Team made up of councillors, business leaders and council officers.

Ribble Valley Borough Council will hold talks with Lancashire County Council to discuss the possibility of a trial run.

If it is successful, the plans will be put out to public consultation and could be enforced every Saturday or every day.

Ribble Valley borough councillor Kevin Horkin, who owns several businesses in the town, said: “We wanted to try and create a community space that was given back to walkers.

“We are focusing on Castle Street and it could be closed to traffic on three or four Saturdays in the summer when we have the biggest footfall.

“The plan would be sympathetic to businesses and automatic bollards could be installed to allow deliveries at certain times.

“It’s much too soon to talk about the possibility of closing the street to traffic every Saturday or full-time and that would only ever be considered if the trial is a success and the public consultation is positive.”

Terry Longden, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s head of engineering services, said: “We are holding discussions with Lancashire County Council with a view to carrying out improvements to road layout and usage in Castle Street but the details have not been decided yet.”

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6:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Do it every Saturday, Turn the town centre into a market I might even start going up town again.
Do it every Saturday, Turn the town centre into a market I might even start going up town again. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 1

8:40pm Tue 25 Feb 14

shytalk says...

Seems the council would like to empty every shop in Clitheroe. They are certainly going the right way about it.
Seems the council would like to empty every shop in Clitheroe. They are certainly going the right way about it. shytalk
  • Score: 4

9:34pm Tue 25 Feb 14

petestan says...

A great way to cause traffic gridlock well done, it will keep me away from the town centre not encourage me to go, as always what Kevin Horkin wants he gets. They need to alter the mini roundabout near Booths if this is going to happen, the so called improvements to the road layout will probably mean reducing the few parking spaces we have even more.
A great way to cause traffic gridlock well done, it will keep me away from the town centre not encourage me to go, as always what Kevin Horkin wants he gets. They need to alter the mini roundabout near Booths if this is going to happen, the so called improvements to the road layout will probably mean reducing the few parking spaces we have even more. petestan
  • Score: 5

11:00pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Cllr Ged Mirfin says...

Today we are voting with our feet, preferring to visit huge highly accessible Out-of-Town or indeed City Centre Retail Centres such as the Trafford Centre and Liverpool One encompassing retailing, eating and entertainment.

We support the key recommendations of the Grimsey Review (due for release this Wednesday) written by Retail veteran Bill Grimsey, former Chief Executive at Wickes, Iceland and Focus DIY, into what needs to be done to reinvigorate Britain’s town centres. We believe that it has particular relevance to the situation facing High Street Retailers in Clitheroe following the closure of more Businesses in recent weeks.
As the recent Clitheroe Food Festival amply demonstrated with a will and a way there can be life in the Old High Street yet. That is why we believe the series of 31 structured recommendations, proposed by Grimsey, in order to address the problem of Town Centre decline are worth looking at in close detail, especially the following:

First, Leadership Grimsey recommends establishing a commission for each town centre to build a 20-year vision supported by a broad business plan in five-year chunks, with updates at an annual public meeting. We strongly advocate the setting up of a New “empowered and emboldened” Town Centre Team for Clitheroe made up of dynamic local Entrepreneurs and local representatives with experiencing in bidding for Growth Funding. We believe that the Town Team will be tasked with making ambitious bids for Regional Growth Funding especially to regenerate the enormous untapped potential of Clitheroe’s currently moribund Market. We saw how busy and profitable the market could be as a community space during the Clitheroe Food Festival – it takes effort but that is the impact that the active leadership and direction that a “switched on Town Centre Team”.

Grimsey also argues that we also may need to consider partial or temporary pedestrianisation of Town Centres – an idea which proved especially popular and effective during the day of the Food Festival.

For Clitheroe we also need to go much further to ensure that we are able to attract the maximum amount of possible footfall both into and out of Clitheroe until late, especially during the weekends to make it an alternative shopping destination in East Lancashire. It has to be acknowledged that the frequency and regularity of both buses and trains has been a long-term issue. Ribble Valley Borough Council needs urgently to put together an integrated Transport Plan in conjunction with Lancashire County Council and the Bus & Train Companies. This is why Rural Bus Services are so important to the Economic Vitality of not just Clitheroe but also outlying Rural Villages. Rather than cutting the services we should be extending them and promoting their use.
Today we are voting with our feet, preferring to visit huge highly accessible Out-of-Town or indeed City Centre Retail Centres such as the Trafford Centre and Liverpool One encompassing retailing, eating and entertainment. We support the key recommendations of the Grimsey Review (due for release this Wednesday) written by Retail veteran Bill Grimsey, former Chief Executive at Wickes, Iceland and Focus DIY, into what needs to be done to reinvigorate Britain’s town centres. We believe that it has particular relevance to the situation facing High Street Retailers in Clitheroe following the closure of more Businesses in recent weeks. As the recent Clitheroe Food Festival amply demonstrated with a will and a way there can be life in the Old High Street yet. That is why we believe the series of 31 structured recommendations, proposed by Grimsey, in order to address the problem of Town Centre decline are worth looking at in close detail, especially the following: First, Leadership Grimsey recommends establishing a commission for each town centre to build a 20-year vision supported by a broad business plan in five-year chunks, with updates at an annual public meeting. We strongly advocate the setting up of a New “empowered and emboldened” Town Centre Team for Clitheroe made up of dynamic local Entrepreneurs and local representatives with experiencing in bidding for Growth Funding. We believe that the Town Team will be tasked with making ambitious bids for Regional Growth Funding especially to regenerate the enormous untapped potential of Clitheroe’s currently moribund Market. We saw how busy and profitable the market could be as a community space during the Clitheroe Food Festival – it takes effort but that is the impact that the active leadership and direction that a “switched on Town Centre Team”. Grimsey also argues that we also may need to consider partial or temporary pedestrianisation of Town Centres – an idea which proved especially popular and effective during the day of the Food Festival. For Clitheroe we also need to go much further to ensure that we are able to attract the maximum amount of possible footfall both into and out of Clitheroe until late, especially during the weekends to make it an alternative shopping destination in East Lancashire. It has to be acknowledged that the frequency and regularity of both buses and trains has been a long-term issue. Ribble Valley Borough Council needs urgently to put together an integrated Transport Plan in conjunction with Lancashire County Council and the Bus & Train Companies. This is why Rural Bus Services are so important to the Economic Vitality of not just Clitheroe but also outlying Rural Villages. Rather than cutting the services we should be extending them and promoting their use. Cllr Ged Mirfin
  • Score: -3

12:18am Wed 26 Feb 14

petestan says...

Mr Mirfin, small towns like Clitheroe do NOT get money from regional growth funds that only ever goes to to the big towns or cities. People go to the big out of town shopping malls because there is much more choice. Pedestrianisation may work for a couple of saturday's a year but not every saturday and as for footfall during the evenings and weekends, have you walked round Clitheroe town centre after 4pm most of the shops are shutting, even on a Sunday most are shut probably due to the fact they either can't afford to pay staff to work or the staff don't want to work (everyone needs a day off). Finally as for buses Lancs County Council are cutting bus routes they are not increasing them because their funding has been cut.
Mr Mirfin, small towns like Clitheroe do NOT get money from regional growth funds that only ever goes to to the big towns or cities. People go to the big out of town shopping malls because there is much more choice. Pedestrianisation may work for a couple of saturday's a year but not every saturday and as for footfall during the evenings and weekends, have you walked round Clitheroe town centre after 4pm most of the shops are shutting, even on a Sunday most are shut probably due to the fact they either can't afford to pay staff to work or the staff don't want to work (everyone needs a day off). Finally as for buses Lancs County Council are cutting bus routes they are not increasing them because their funding has been cut. petestan
  • Score: 4

1:15am Wed 26 Feb 14

willie eckerslike says...

CLITHEROE will be booming soon enough, when all these thousands of new residents move into all these thousands of new build homes, the shopkeepers MUST be very happy indeed, the town will be bursting at the seems, which just has to be music to the ears for all the businesses, you are very lucky to be getting all these thousands of new residents., PS, that sunday market at the auction mart gets packed out, why don't clitheroe market traders move up and trade on there ??? as they get more customers in one day that the market gets in a month .
CLITHEROE will be booming soon enough, when all these thousands of new residents move into all these thousands of new build homes, the shopkeepers MUST be very happy indeed, the town will be bursting at the seems, which just has to be music to the ears for all the businesses, you are very lucky to be getting all these thousands of new residents., PS, that sunday market at the auction mart gets packed out, why don't clitheroe market traders move up and trade on there ??? as they get more customers in one day that the market gets in a month . willie eckerslike
  • Score: -5

11:39am Wed 26 Feb 14

charmed-one says...

Footfall will not increase simply because the area is pedestrianised. There needs to be an event, like the Food Festival, for it to be worthwhile, otherwise, as an earlier post suggested, it will cause gridlock on surrounding roads for no reason whatsoever.
We need better rates for business owners, to encourage them to come here, but also, we need a range of shops desperately needed eg a shoe shop where you can get decent, everyday shoes at a reasonable price, especially children's shoes. We need clothes shops, selling everyday clothes at reasonable prices, not overpriced outfits for nights out.

What we don't want, is another of Kevin Horkin's shops. This is Clitheroe, not Horkinsville.
Footfall will not increase simply because the area is pedestrianised. There needs to be an event, like the Food Festival, for it to be worthwhile, otherwise, as an earlier post suggested, it will cause gridlock on surrounding roads for no reason whatsoever. We need better rates for business owners, to encourage them to come here, but also, we need a range of shops desperately needed eg a shoe shop where you can get decent, everyday shoes at a reasonable price, especially children's shoes. We need clothes shops, selling everyday clothes at reasonable prices, not overpriced outfits for nights out. What we don't want, is another of Kevin Horkin's shops. This is Clitheroe, not Horkinsville. charmed-one
  • Score: 4

12:53pm Wed 26 Feb 14

shytalk says...

Until people like Cllr Ged Mirfin get their heads around the fact that over development, too many supermarkets, high rents and rates, plus the fact that internet shopping has arrived then Clitheroe town center will just continue to dissapear down the plughole. Closing the town center off to traffic will cause horrendous problems with traffic as others have commented.
All good fun.but who cares when you can get on a train to Manchester to shop or have a drive up to Settle where you can park your car easily and shop in comfort in a town that has not yet been destroyed by ding bat councils and corrupt planning authorities/politici
ans etc
Until people like Cllr Ged Mirfin get their heads around the fact that over development, too many supermarkets, high rents and rates, plus the fact that internet shopping has arrived then Clitheroe town center will just continue to dissapear down the plughole. Closing the town center off to traffic will cause horrendous problems with traffic as others have commented. All good fun.but who cares when you can get on a train to Manchester to shop or have a drive up to Settle where you can park your car easily and shop in comfort in a town that has not yet been destroyed by ding bat councils and corrupt planning authorities/politici ans etc shytalk
  • Score: 0

1:45pm Wed 26 Feb 14

petestan says...

charmed-one wrote:
Footfall will not increase simply because the area is pedestrianised. There needs to be an event, like the Food Festival, for it to be worthwhile, otherwise, as an earlier post suggested, it will cause gridlock on surrounding roads for no reason whatsoever.
We need better rates for business owners, to encourage them to come here, but also, we need a range of shops desperately needed eg a shoe shop where you can get decent, everyday shoes at a reasonable price, especially children's shoes. We need clothes shops, selling everyday clothes at reasonable prices, not overpriced outfits for nights out.

What we don't want, is another of Kevin Horkin's shops. This is Clitheroe, not Horkinsville.
We do have the factory shop at shawbridge where you can get those items.
[quote][p][bold]charmed-one[/bold] wrote: Footfall will not increase simply because the area is pedestrianised. There needs to be an event, like the Food Festival, for it to be worthwhile, otherwise, as an earlier post suggested, it will cause gridlock on surrounding roads for no reason whatsoever. We need better rates for business owners, to encourage them to come here, but also, we need a range of shops desperately needed eg a shoe shop where you can get decent, everyday shoes at a reasonable price, especially children's shoes. We need clothes shops, selling everyday clothes at reasonable prices, not overpriced outfits for nights out. What we don't want, is another of Kevin Horkin's shops. This is Clitheroe, not Horkinsville.[/p][/quote]We do have the factory shop at shawbridge where you can get those items. petestan
  • Score: 0

5:36pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

petestan wrote:
charmed-one wrote:
Footfall will not increase simply because the area is pedestrianised. There needs to be an event, like the Food Festival, for it to be worthwhile, otherwise, as an earlier post suggested, it will cause gridlock on surrounding roads for no reason whatsoever.
We need better rates for business owners, to encourage them to come here, but also, we need a range of shops desperately needed eg a shoe shop where you can get decent, everyday shoes at a reasonable price, especially children's shoes. We need clothes shops, selling everyday clothes at reasonable prices, not overpriced outfits for nights out.

What we don't want, is another of Kevin Horkin's shops. This is Clitheroe, not Horkinsville.
We do have the factory shop at shawbridge where you can get those items.
Yes we do and very competitively priced to, also a superb Lidl right across the road.
[quote][p][bold]petestan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]charmed-one[/bold] wrote: Footfall will not increase simply because the area is pedestrianised. There needs to be an event, like the Food Festival, for it to be worthwhile, otherwise, as an earlier post suggested, it will cause gridlock on surrounding roads for no reason whatsoever. We need better rates for business owners, to encourage them to come here, but also, we need a range of shops desperately needed eg a shoe shop where you can get decent, everyday shoes at a reasonable price, especially children's shoes. We need clothes shops, selling everyday clothes at reasonable prices, not overpriced outfits for nights out. What we don't want, is another of Kevin Horkin's shops. This is Clitheroe, not Horkinsville.[/p][/quote]We do have the factory shop at shawbridge where you can get those items.[/p][/quote]Yes we do and very competitively priced to, also a superb Lidl right across the road. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 1

6:38pm Wed 26 Feb 14

charmed-one says...

petestan wrote:
charmed-one wrote:
Footfall will not increase simply because the area is pedestrianised. There needs to be an event, like the Food Festival, for it to be worthwhile, otherwise, as an earlier post suggested, it will cause gridlock on surrounding roads for no reason whatsoever.
We need better rates for business owners, to encourage them to come here, but also, we need a range of shops desperately needed eg a shoe shop where you can get decent, everyday shoes at a reasonable price, especially children's shoes. We need clothes shops, selling everyday clothes at reasonable prices, not overpriced outfits for nights out.

What we don't want, is another of Kevin Horkin's shops. This is Clitheroe, not Horkinsville.
We do have the factory shop at shawbridge where you can get those items.
But one shop is not much of a choice!
[quote][p][bold]petestan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]charmed-one[/bold] wrote: Footfall will not increase simply because the area is pedestrianised. There needs to be an event, like the Food Festival, for it to be worthwhile, otherwise, as an earlier post suggested, it will cause gridlock on surrounding roads for no reason whatsoever. We need better rates for business owners, to encourage them to come here, but also, we need a range of shops desperately needed eg a shoe shop where you can get decent, everyday shoes at a reasonable price, especially children's shoes. We need clothes shops, selling everyday clothes at reasonable prices, not overpriced outfits for nights out. What we don't want, is another of Kevin Horkin's shops. This is Clitheroe, not Horkinsville.[/p][/quote]We do have the factory shop at shawbridge where you can get those items.[/p][/quote]But one shop is not much of a choice! charmed-one
  • Score: 3

3:17pm Thu 27 Feb 14

tea_lady says...

Have those involved in this plan given any consideration to shops needing deliveries on the days they plan to close Castle St, who will not be able to make use of the loading bay? Or charity shops losing out because people are not able to use the loading bay to drop off much needed donations? Despite what people say about the number of charity shops in Clitheroe, the fact that they are so busy says a lot about their importance to many people in times of economic hardship. The disabled bay outside M & Co will also be unavailable. And for what? I certainly wouldn't make a point of visiting the town centre simply because it was closed to cars. Would anybody else?
Have those involved in this plan given any consideration to shops needing deliveries on the days they plan to close Castle St, who will not be able to make use of the loading bay? Or charity shops losing out because people are not able to use the loading bay to drop off much needed donations? Despite what people say about the number of charity shops in Clitheroe, the fact that they are so busy says a lot about their importance to many people in times of economic hardship. The disabled bay outside M & Co will also be unavailable. And for what? I certainly wouldn't make a point of visiting the town centre simply because it was closed to cars. Would anybody else? tea_lady
  • Score: 2

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