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.”

Community campaigner Ed Hume with Cllr Elaine Wales and others at the
Community campaigner Ed Hume with Cllr Elaine Wales and others at the 'Save Our High Street' event this weekend in Bletchley.

 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!”

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