East Hampshire’s high street businesses, and residents who use them, are urged to complete a brief questionnaire about their views on the future of the high street.
East Hampshire District Council has commissioned expert advisors, Heartflood, to produce a Covid-19 Recovery Plan to cover the main towns and villages within the borough as part of measures to support their recovery from the coronavirus crisis.
Work on the plans will begin immediately, focusing on Alton, Clanfield, Four Marks, Grayshott, Horndean, Liphook, Liss, Petersfield and Whitehill & Bordon and will involve both businesses and customers being asked to help to shape the priority actions which will then be considered by the council.
Heartflood will make assessments and recommendations based on their specialist knowledge and will investigate the immediate recovery and long-term sustainability of each place.
Simon Jenkins, Director of Regeneration and Place at East Hampshire District Council, said: “The coronavirus pandemic is likely to have a profound effect on the district’s high streets and residents’ shopping habits.
“This research will help us to understand how the attitudes of consumers and high street businesses have changed, and what we can do as a local authority to support those businesses over the coming years.
“I encourage as many residents and businesses as possible to complete the survey so we can get a really clear idea of what you think.”
Chris Gregory, from Heartflood, added: “While we are able to make a range of suggestions for the district, it is critically important that we gain the views of as many local businesses and customers to allow us to best shape the proposed key improvements for the area.”