REDDITCH Conservatives took to the town centre last weekend to promote ‘High Street Saturday’.
As high streets across the country struggle with the impact of online competition and rising costs, this new campaign aims to celebrate the place of the high street at the heart of communities.
Led my local MP Rachel Maclean, party members spoke to shoppers and visited local businesses to explain their plans for the town.
These include more funding for Redditch railway station which could see a second platform, extra parking and a better link into the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.
They have also held three ‘State of the Area’ events over plans to regenerate the town centre.
Party activists also said that business rates had been cut by one third for 90 per cent of retailers.
Redditch has also applied for a slice of the £675m Future High Streets Fund which could see a grant of up to £25m come to the town if successful.
Mrs Maclean said: “Even though Brexit dominates the headlines, when I talk to residents they always tell me how important their town centre is to them, and this remains a strong focus of work for me.
“There is a lot going on here in Redditch to unlock our town’s full potential. Funding to upgrade Redditch Railway Station, ‘State of the Area’ debates on the regeneration of our town, business rates cut for 90 per cent of retailers.
“It’s really positive that under local Conservative leadership we have been able to take concrete steps to improve the town centre.”