Backing Local Shops

News Article

08/03/2011

Residents and shopkeepers are being asked to work alongside council officers as part of a new initiative which will see twelve local shopping centres given a major clean-up over the next six months.

The District Shopping Centres will be given a one-off deep clean with litter, graffiti, weeds removed. Street furniture will be will also be repaired or cleaned up and council officers will encourage local traders to clear any areas of private land they are responsible for.

The dozen shopping centres will each be the subject of an Environmental Visual Audit (EVA) by the Streetcare Teams, with officers from housing, parks, highways, planning, environmental health and licensing teams all encouraged to attend.

Residents who live in the immediate area and the shopkeepers themselves are being invited to join in the visual audits as they will be most familiar with specific environmental issues which need tackling in their local neighbourhoods. Ward councillors are also being invited.

The idea behind the initiative is to provide a boost to neighbourhood shopping districts, making them more attractive places to work out of and visit by tackling any environmental issues, and making a note of longer-standing issues which could be addressed in the future, like parking, licensing or planning issues.

The twelve shopping centres are spread across the borough. A timetable of visual audits runs through until September this year, with a timetable of works running through until October.

The local shopping centres to benefit are:

MEADWAY / DEE ROAD:
BASINGSTOKE ROAD / BUCKLAND ROAD
CHRISTCHURCH ROAD / SHINFIELD ROAD
CHURCH STREET CAVERSHAM
PROSPECT STREET CAVERSHAM
KIDMORE END ROAD / PEPPARD ROAD
NORCOTE ROAD / OXFORD ROAD
NORTHUMBERLAND AVE / WHITLEY WOOD ROAD
THE TRIANGLE
WOKINGHAM ROAD
WHITLEY STREET
CORONATION SQUARE

Local residents, businesses and ward councillors in each area are being written to inviting them to attend visual audits on specific times and days. Once the audit has been completed, details of actions will be noted and will be circulated to all interested parties with a scheduled date of works a fortnight after the visual audit takes place.