Courage needed for town centre survival

Courage and changed thinking are the only way our town centres will survive, county councillors have said.

Although Haverfordwest, Milford Haven and Neyland, and Pembroke and Pembroke Dock, are identified in the Wales Spatial Plan as Pembrokeshire’s strategic hubs, they are still struggling to pull in trade, applied planning director Paul Instone told the economy, overview and scrutiny committee last Tuesday.

And because of the rural nature of Pembrokeshire, its most populous settlements needed to fulfil roles that would normally be associated with much larger towns.

Councillor David Lloyd said bringing in accommodation or office space in town centres would serve a better purpose.

“But the idea of returning trade to the high street, I suggest, is gone,” he said.

Cllr Allen-Mirehouse added: “Shopping and retail are very much an organic animal – they evolve. We need to look at a niche market, a quality market, on the high street.

“We have the advantage of a vast influx of tourists in the summer. I do not think that run-of-the-mill is going to pull people in to spend money.”

Cllr John Davies said that when it was proposed, Carmarthen’s St Catherine’s Walk was an unpopular scheme – but it worked.

He said: “We would have to demonstrate courage and do something that may well be unpopular. The right decisions are usually difficult decisions.

“We need to be far more creative and, as members, be brave and put the work in.”

Mr Instone, who gave a presentation at the meeting, said it was a case of “developing a clear strategy and sticking to it.”

Cllr Peter Stock added: “We must be prepared to offer developers what no one else is prepared to offer them – not wait for them to come to us.”

Cabinet spokesman for economy, tourism and communities Cllr David Pugh said a town centre review was currently being carried out, with an action plan for each of them.

He said: “We need to look at planning issues and create opportunities, because we cannot go back and expect a retail-led development.

That’s not going to happen.

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1:10pm Sun 25 Nov 12

Tttoommy says...

Whenever I see stories like this I'm reminded of the Councils Chief Exec on a salary greater than the Prime Minister as his duties are so "onerous", I think of the councillors who bleat - pay the most to get the best. their salaries (amoingst the highest in the UK ) , I think of how often the courts have slated Pembs CC for being - let's be honest here - an absolutely ruddy useless shower. I think of the pure GREED in every short sighted action the Council.
If they'd acted as they have in the real world If they hadn't landed up with a criminal record they would at least have been sacked (and not with a few years salary as compensation for taking the blame for others actions)
Whenever I see stories like this I'm reminded of the Councils Chief Exec on a salary greater than the Prime Minister as his duties are so "onerous", I think of the councillors who bleat - pay the most to get the best. their salaries (amoingst the highest in the UK ) , I think of how often the courts have slated Pembs CC for being - let's be honest here - an absolutely ruddy useless shower. I think of the pure GREED in every short sighted action the Council. If they'd acted as they have in the real world If they hadn't landed up with a criminal record they would at least have been sacked (and not with a few years salary as compensation for taking the blame for others actions) Tttoommy

12:05am Mon 26 Nov 12

ScoobyDooby says...

Another review; another talking shop and waste of public money. The Council has a strategy that is ongoing. This was all covered months ago elsewhere. Funny how John Davies and John Allen-Mirehouse and the usual fake independents are standing shoulder to shoulder on lining developers' pockets.
The Council's officers and members ought to look in the mirror if they want to find out who's killed off town centres. A sticking plaster for Christmas will not reverse a long term decline that they've presided over and encouraged.
Another review; another talking shop and waste of public money. The Council has a strategy that is ongoing. This was all covered months ago elsewhere. Funny how John Davies and John Allen-Mirehouse and the usual fake independents are standing shoulder to shoulder on lining developers' pockets. The Council's officers and members ought to look in the mirror if they want to find out who's killed off town centres. A sticking plaster for Christmas will not reverse a long term decline that they've presided over and encouraged. ScoobyDooby

7:45pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Rockface says...

Parking charges in Pembroke Dock have murdered the trade there. And if I am honest, I would rather shop online at home than pay the council for an hours parking, to pop into town for ten minutes!
Parking charges in Pembroke Dock have murdered the trade there. And if I am honest, I would rather shop online at home than pay the council for an hours parking, to pop into town for ten minutes! Rockface

10:57am Tue 27 Nov 12

Tttoommy says...

Anyone notice that in the ASDA car park in Pembroke Dock the disabled spaces are next to the entrance THEN the council come along and plonk the parking ticket machines as far as is possible from them - I suggest we thank heaven that the Councillors decided to pay the Chief Exec more than any other Chief Exec in Wales as they wanted the best - sound of hollow laughter :(
Anyone notice that in the ASDA car park in Pembroke Dock the disabled spaces are next to the entrance THEN the council come along and plonk the parking ticket machines as far as is possible from them - I suggest we thank heaven that the Councillors decided to pay the Chief Exec more than any other Chief Exec in Wales as they wanted the best - sound of hollow laughter :( Tttoommy

5:11pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Rockface says...

Tttoommy wrote:
Anyone notice that in the ASDA car park in Pembroke Dock the disabled spaces are next to the entrance THEN the council come along and plonk the parking ticket machines as far as is possible from them - I suggest we thank heaven that the Councillors decided to pay the Chief Exec more than any other Chief Exec in Wales as they wanted the best - sound of hollow laughter :(
Looks like the CEO days are numbered!
[quote][p][bold]Tttoommy[/bold] wrote: Anyone notice that in the ASDA car park in Pembroke Dock the disabled spaces are next to the entrance THEN the council come along and plonk the parking ticket machines as far as is possible from them - I suggest we thank heaven that the Councillors decided to pay the Chief Exec more than any other Chief Exec in Wales as they wanted the best - sound of hollow laughter :([/p][/quote]Looks like the CEO days are numbered! Rockface

5:11pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Rockface says...

Tttoommy wrote:
Anyone notice that in the ASDA car park in Pembroke Dock the disabled spaces are next to the entrance THEN the council come along and plonk the parking ticket machines as far as is possible from them - I suggest we thank heaven that the Councillors decided to pay the Chief Exec more than any other Chief Exec in Wales as they wanted the best - sound of hollow laughter :(
Looks like the CEO days are numbered!
[quote][p][bold]Tttoommy[/bold] wrote: Anyone notice that in the ASDA car park in Pembroke Dock the disabled spaces are next to the entrance THEN the council come along and plonk the parking ticket machines as far as is possible from them - I suggest we thank heaven that the Councillors decided to pay the Chief Exec more than any other Chief Exec in Wales as they wanted the best - sound of hollow laughter :([/p][/quote]Looks like the CEO days are numbered! Rockface

6:05pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Tina2 says...

Tttoommy wrote:
Anyone notice that in the ASDA car park in Pembroke Dock the disabled spaces are next to the entrance THEN the council come along and plonk the parking ticket machines as far as is possible from them - I suggest we thank heaven that the Councillors decided to pay the Chief Exec more than any other Chief Exec in Wales as they wanted the best - sound of hollow laughter :(
And do the disabled still have to pay for the first two hours and get the third one free?

It doesn't take three hours to walk around Asda (or even Pembroke Dock).
[quote][p][bold]Tttoommy[/bold] wrote: Anyone notice that in the ASDA car park in Pembroke Dock the disabled spaces are next to the entrance THEN the council come along and plonk the parking ticket machines as far as is possible from them - I suggest we thank heaven that the Councillors decided to pay the Chief Exec more than any other Chief Exec in Wales as they wanted the best - sound of hollow laughter :([/p][/quote]And do the disabled still have to pay for the first two hours and get the third one free? It doesn't take three hours to walk around Asda (or even Pembroke Dock). Tina2

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