Wednesday 3 May 2017 – Joseph Lappin Centre, Old Swan.
The Better Old Swan (BOS) project has held a series of public events and workshops within the Joseph Lappin Centre and discussed a number of issues which has helped to identify the high street as a key area of concern for residents and professionals alike.
Work to create a healthy and vibrant high street is complex, and engaging directly with residents, the communities, the council and small, medium and large business across the neighborhood is essential to make change happen. Within this context it is essential to use existing evidence to get things right first time and this workshop is designed to provide residents with an understanding of what other communities are doing to improve their high street.
Drawing on the real experience of two local examples the workshop will explore some of the challenges and opportunities that these communities faced in developing successful local partnerships to improve and strengthen the high street.
The first example is a real ‘experiment’ in community empowerment, Big Local funded by the Big Lottery, where relatively disadvantaged communities were given £1m to make their high street better – and healthier – place to socialise, shop and work.
The second example comes from Mary Portas Pilot town, County Road, Walton. Mary Portas, known as ‘Mary Queen of Shops’, was hired by the government to turn around struggling towns. County Road was one of the 12 towns selected as a pilot area designed to help to rejuvenate their shopping areas.
Participants will be actively involved in discussion of what lessons we can learn from other communities to prepare action for improving the high street in Old Swan.
The workshop is open to all residents and professionals working in Old Swan. No preparation and /or prior knowledge and involvement is required.
Come along to help us all create a Better Old Swan!
For more information, contact Paula Atherton on 0151 227 5177 ext: 3222.Back to calendar