Have your say on High Street future
PEOPLE who live, work or shop in Staple Hill are being asked how they think the High Street should change.
A survey asking what people like, dislike and would like to improve has been posted online and is available to fill in until March 21.
The survey has been produced by South Gloucestershire Council working with the Staple Hill Chamber of Trade and Commerce, ward councillors, Friends of Page Park and other local groups.
The idea is to gather opinions and suggestions from everyone who uses the shopping area, including Broad Street up to Page Park, or who could visit but currently stay away.
Staple Hill Chamber of Trade and Commerce chair George Georgiou, who runs butcher's shop The Butcher's Hook, said: "We know what the traders want from the High Street but we don't know what the residents want.
"We want new customers and more people to come to the High Street and we're keen to find out what changes could make them come.Once it's all collated and the data is analysed, we will pick the top priorities."
Staple Hill and Mangotsfield ward councillor Ian Boulton said: “Primarily we hope the survey of residents and visitors to Staple Hill will provide valuable market research for existing and potential businesses who are considering investing in our town centre.
"By finding out what people want, and also don’t want, on our High Street, our traders can respond to changing trends in order to increase their chances of developing viable and thriving businesses.
"We also hope to be able to use the responses to help South Gloucestershire Council create a local High Street that will attract even more locals and visitors alike. If we can attract more visitors to our High Street our local traders can then work to entice that increased footfall onto their premises and, ultimately, build their businesses."
To fill in the survey online visit southglos.researchfeedback.net/s/StapleHill
New bins make a difference
NEW bins have been installed in Staple Hill as part of a drive to improve the area.
The bins are bigger and easier to empty by crews in waste lorries, and are the first part of a project which will also see new planters installed during the spring to brighten up the High Street and Broad Street.
Ward councillor Ian Boulton said traders had lobbied to improve the bins and the Growing Staple Hill project, organised with the friends of Page Park and advice from Britain in Bloom had identified that the bins and other ‘street furniture’ were "letting us down and helping to make our town centre look untidy".
A new bin outside Spencers jewellers in Broad Street. Photo: Steph Purser