Businesses asked what they want in Fareham

Sean Woodward speaks at the business breakfast at Ferneham Hall
Sean Woodward speaks at the business breakfast at Ferneham Hall
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BUSINESS leaders were given an update on £200,000 plans to revamp Fareham town centre.

Held at Ferneham Hall, it discussed the progress of the high street scheme.

Fareham Borough Council leader Sean Woodward said: ‘It’s important to bring people together to inform them how the town centre project is going.’

Attendees were told about a number of initiatives including new areas of parking throughout the town and where there are longer-stay spaces for customers.

‘We wanted to get the views of traders in the town centre about other improvements that they wish to see that will help improve the area,’ said Cllr Woodward.

Speakers including Tim Clark from Hughes Ellard Limited and Claire Burnett, head of planning strategy and regeneration for the council spoke about the vibrancy of the town centre from a commercial perspective.

Cllr Woodward added: ‘The council is looking to get more businesses to work within the town centre.

‘We have been working with Andrew Pringle from Enterprise First to help give advice on how to operate within the centre.’

With the help of Enterprise First and through the plan the number of empty shops has halved since the plan launched in 2013 from 43 to 21.

‘It shows that with the changes that have been made, more shop owners and offices see the appeal of being within the town centre,’ said Cllr Woodward.

In the past three years the council has worked on improving the town by installing seating, cycleracks and new signs to make it easier for people to find their way around.

The project also took to the internet 
by creating a Fareham town centre website.

‘We hope to carry out another one of these breakfasts later on in the year to ask business owners about the improvements to the centre and what else they would like to see,’ said Cllr Woodward.