Forum organised to develop town centre action plan

Grantham retailers and businesses have been invited to a town centre forum on Thursday 12 April to help develop a new Town Centre Action Plan.

Organiser South Kesteven District Council is keen to develop a regular stakeholder networking forum, which will be repeated for other towns across the district.

Numerous retailers and businesses have already signed up to attend, but the invitation remains open to others to attend the Grantham Guildhall Ballroom event, starting at 4pm.

Cllr Nick Robins, Cabinet member for Retail and Visitor Economy, with responsibility for town centres, is encouraging as many businesses as possible to attend and promises a genuine two-way dialogue.

"We are experiencing exciting times for Grantham, with major developments underway that will impact on every business," he said.

"The forum will be a great way for us to let businesses know what's in the pipeline and what our plans are and to get their feedback and ideas about how the council should progress plans."

London-based design, environment and sustainability consultancy LDA Design will be delivering one of the presentations, bringing the experience they have gained on major projects across the UK from Aberdeen to Shrewsbury, Plymouth and for University College London at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Other themes for discussion will include public realm and accessibility, business and property development, and environmental management.

Promoting Grantham as a quality retail destination and the town's markets will also be discussed, together with the district's growing focus on the visitor economy.

InvestSK, the council's inward investment arm, will then spell out the next steps.

Interested parties should contact Paul Stokes p.stokes@southkesteven.gov.uk or call 01476 406410.

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