This evening traders and professionals will be discussing how to spruce up Basingstoke's Top of The Town (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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Top of the Town business people will be talking about how best to spend £100,000 from The High Street Innovation Fund
THIS evening Top of The Town traders and business people will discuss further how to spend a £100,000 Government windfall to improve their area of Basingstoke.
The meeting is set to take place in the Deanes Building at the borough’s Civic Offices, starting at 6pm.
This follows on from a previous meeting held at the Red Lion Hotel, where a wide range of suggestions and thoughts were discussed, from setting up a Top of the Town traders’ association, to encouraging pop-up shops, to the regeneration of the market area, with better promotion of the Wednesday and Saturday markets and food fairs held in Market Place.
The initial meeting came about from an online discussion that followed a Gazette report in July, in which deputy borough leader Councillor Ranil Jayawardena urged local people to come up with ideas for using the money, which comes from The High Street Innovation Fund.
It is part of a £10million cash injection package announced by the Government to boost struggling high streets nationally.
The borough council plans to use its slice of the fund to revitalise the Top of The Town.
The council has extended the consultation deadline for ideas on how best to use the £100,000 until October 1.
Information about the High Street Innovation Fund and a short survey can be found at Basingstoke.gov.uk/go/highstreet.