FLEETWOOD traders are set for talks this week which they hope will boost town centre business.
The retailers are meeting up with representatives of Wyre Council tomorrow in a bid to get support for initiatives to help high street trade.
Chamber of Trade chairman, Derek Eaton, has highlighted concerns that many visitors to the town are heading straight to Fleetwood Market and then going back to Blackpool on the tram without visiting shops.
There is also concern that day trippers are not even getting to see Fleetwood’s much-loved beach and promenade, considered to be one of the best on the Fylde coast.
Wyre Council’s economy portfolio holder Gordon McCann is coming to the port to meet members of the chamber who will outline important goals with which they could use to help.
Chamber chairman Derek Eaton said: “I have spoken to Coun McCann previously and he has been very supportive.
“We want to talk about signs around the new road layout we have got and also around the market and the promenade.
“We could do with improvements to the Pharos conservation area and we could do with some help towards the cost of Tram Sunday.”
He said the chamber was also considering purchasing traditional push-button “You are here” maps to place around the town centre.
He said: “If there was one outside Freeport, for instance, people could use it to find out what else was in the town and how to get there.
“We are looking for match funding and hope to bring in the town council as well.
“There are things we are working on.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day but it’s about being more welcoming for visitors and showing the town is open for business.”
Coun McCann said: “My remit is across the whole of Wyre and Fleetwood is an important part of Wyre.
“We have constraints on funding but we will help where we can.
“To a large extent we rely on the chamber and parish and town councils to feed us information about what’s required in their area economically.
“We are always interested in meeting people and seeing ways we can help them in terms of putting them in front of the right people or finding sources of funding.”
Coun McCann is also involved in the Get Rewyred scheme, which is aimed at providing key advice to businesses in the borough.
Wyre is investing £35,000 of its own money in the scheme in a bid to help traders.
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Friday 24 May 2013
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