Hythe Town Centre
Promotion & Regeneration
by Matt Hillyer and Peter Wallace
26th April 2012
Download our report on Hythe high street
Since November 2011 the Folkestone & Hythe Labour party have been campaigning on behalf of the businesses in Hythe town centre. Our aim is to support the local shops in the high street by finding out what their priorities are, understanding the issues they need resolving and using funding from local government to preserve the unique nature of the high street.
In 2009 Hythe Town Council and Shepway District Council received £200,000 from Sainsbury’s, which was provided to help the businesses in the town centre adjust to the new Sainsbury’s store opened in Military Road. We commissioned a survey in 2012 to ask if the businesses had been consulted on how the money should be spent. 94% of the traders we spoke to hadn’t been consulted and some were not aware that it existed.
Our survey also revealed that providing free car parking and lowering business rates for businesses were the most important issues for the traders, with 87% of respondents calling for an increase in the amount of free parking provided for shoppers.
74% of those businesses that responded to Q7 ("Do you feel adequately represented as a business by any local organisations?") stated that they do not feel adequately represented by any organisation and just under two thirds (65%) stated they have never been consulted for their views by elected representatives.
We are now actively campaigning for Hythe Town Council and Shepway District Council to take a more proactive approach to the town centre and have recommended that the process of supporting the high street is made easier and more transparent.
We are continuing to canvass the views of shoppers, residents and tourists to understand why people visit Hythe high street and why others don’t.
You can read a copy of our report by clicking here.