Bletchley Labour Councillors and Party members undertook a ‘listening to the shoppers’ day on Queensway this weekend to hear from local residents what they think is the best way to revitalise Queensway.
Central Bletchley councillor Elaine Wales said: “We had a good day listening to local residents and shoppers. We got them to write on a board their ideas and we had lots of conversations about what were their key local issues.”
Town councillor and Central Bletchley resident Cllr Ed. Hume said: “We talked to over 200 people and their main concerns were the need to see a wide range of shops restored to Bletchley’s High Street. People want to see empty shops re-let and parking improved. They asked if the rents and business rates need to be reduced. We will see if this is possible.”
Cllr Wales added: “We talked to people of all ages, Queensway was very busy, but there was definitely a consensus that the High Street needs to be revitalised and more choice offered to shoppers. The new shops soon to open in the old Co-op building will be very welcome, but all empty shops need to be re-let with a variety of shops and places to eat much needed.”
Cllr Hume concluded: “Labour is working to develop an alternative for Queensway that will secure its future. We are engaging with local residents and shoppers to see what they want from a revitalised Queensway. I am pretty clear that short term solutions will not work. We need a planned renewal of Queensway, for the people, by the people!”