Having noted, with concern, the changing face of our town centre during the past 30 years or so, I have been following with great interest Ms Portas’ review of town centres in need of regeneration.
As reported in Scarborough News, May 31, Scarborough missed out on the Government’s pilot fund grant of £1.2 million but will be re-applying at the next stage. Encouraging to note that according to Nick Taylor, our town’s investment manager, “The difference between ourselves and the (12) towns that have won, is that many of them are in a pretty poor state,” and that “Scarborough is enjoying good trade and the occupancy rate of its shops is higher than average”.
I agree entirely with those comments not withstanding that I still lament the loss of so many of our high streeet icons, not least the offices/showrooms of the gas and electric companies where problems could be resolved face to face.
However, on the credit side; among the firms that have opened up in the town centre during the period I’ve mentioned, there are two which I regard as quite outstanding in terms of status and popularity. These are Wetherspoons’ The Lord Rosebery (on the site of the former prestigious Co-op store), and the recently refurbished McDonalds. They have many important trading factors in common. Well-trained staff, efficient and polite. Smart, clean and spacious decor. And, food and drink at value for money prices. A credit to the town, and an example of what can be done to revitalise our town centre.