New guidance on the key role of councils in revitalising town centres has been been published by the Local Government Association in association with our sister company, the People & Places Partnership.
The handbook and the accompanying online toolkit offer guidance on how councils and their partners can approach the revitalisation of town and city centres by delivering long-term impacts and using broad principles that can be tailored to meet local needs.
The handbook was informed by a LGA-led seminar of senior practitioners in November 2017 and it has been compiled jointly with the People & Places Partnership. It is intended to provide a high level overview to guide councils in taking a strategic and evidence-based approach. The handbook and toolkit use the F-Factors Framework for revitalising town centres developed by People and Places and contain a self-help checklist for councils to review progress with partners. The handbook contains suggestions of further reading, helpful resources and examples of good practice that can be accessed through a more extensive and detailed online toolkit.
In the foreword to the handbook, Councillor Martin Tett, Chair of the LGA’s Economy, Environment, Housing and Transport Board, sets out the breadth of the challenge and key roles for local authorities: “Part of the response to town centre revitalisation requires big thinking – avoiding the traps of having a narrow focus on retail, one particular street or block or single issues such as parking, anti-social behaviour or business rates. Town centre success requires a multitude of factors to be successful.”
Download your copy of Revitalising town centres; a handbook for council leadership or access the accompanying online toolkit.
Contact email@example.com for more details on how to use the Handbook in your town centre or telephone 07788 278126.