Build back better on our High Streets

“People think having cultural spaces such as theatres, museums, libraries and music venues on their high street makes their local area a better place to live.”

“The Build Back Better High Streets Plan lacks any mention of the wider economic or social issue which are faced by people, businesses or communities in rural areas.”

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We can build back our high streets with a little imagination:

Reviving seaside towns with a little imagination – Vision Group for Sidmouth

And with an eye for the ever-expanding experience economy:

The future is with the experience economy – Vision Group for Sidmouth

We can surely be more creative:

How arts and culture investment could aid high street recovery

New research from Arts Council England … ‘A High Street Renaissance: How arts and culture bring people and pride back to our high streets’, highlights examples from across the country of how arts and culture can help bring people back to villages, towns and city centres.

The research also found that 69% of people think having cultural spaces such as theatres, museums, libraries and music venues on their high street makes their local area a better place to live. When people were asked what they would like to see more of on their high streets, culture was the joint most popular answer, alongside shops and ahead of pubs, bars and restaurants.

How arts and culture investment could aid high street recovery | National

Culture on our high streets | Arts Council England

How arts have power to save our high streets – Pete Massey | Yorkshire Post

This surely ties in with the government’s new Innovation Strategy:

How to ‘build back better’ – Vision Group for Sidmouth

The government has also launched its Build Back Better High Streets strategy:

Build Back Better High Streets – GOV.UK

High-street strategy: recovery will take more than street parties and more bins | theconversation.com

The Rural Services Network asks how this will impact on smaller, rural towns:

RURAL LENS OF BUILD BACK BETTER HIGH STREETS

The Rural Services Network has published it’s latest Rural Lens Review into the Build Back Better High Streets Strategy, along with extracts from the Hospitality Strategy and it can be accessed at this link.

The Build Back Better High Streets Plan lacks any mention of the wider economic or social issue which are faced by people, businesses or communities in rural areas and which do themselves have an impact on High Streets – this is why the RSN continues to say “It’s Time for a (cross governmental department) Rural Strategy” and the need for our current campaign “Revitalising Rural: Realising the Vision” in which the RSN sets out a series of “asks” to government.  “Asks” relevant to both the Build Back Better High Streets Plan and Hospitality Strategy feature in this Rural Lens Review.

Rural Lens of Build Back Better High Streets – Rural Services Network

photo: File:Sidmouth Folk Week 2006.jpg – Wikimedia Commons

   
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