How would you improve shopping in Highcliffe?

IMPROVE THIS: Residents asked what they want

IMPROVE THIS: Residents asked what they want

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RESIDENTS of a seaside village are being asked how they could improve the shopping area.

A survey for people in Highcliffe has been drawn up by the Highcliffe Centre Partnership asking how residents feel the shops and commercial area could develop.

With the help of Christchurch Borough Council, the partnership’s survey will be distributed to households.

It aims to find out how often people visit shops in the village centre, which ones and how they travel. It also asks for any improvements that they could suggest and also which new types of shops they would like to see.

Earlier this year, Highcliffe’s last remaining bank closed, leaving business leaders fearful of the impact that it could have.

The Natwest branch in Lymington Road was one of a number of branches to be closed by Royal Bank of Scotland across the UK.

Cllr Lesley Dedman, ward councillor for Highcliffe, said she was planning to put her Dorset County Council community budget to work on the ‘worthwhile’ project.

“Initially to promote the ‘Highcliffe village’ brand we will provide more town centre signage, a village centre map and trail and replacement of the 20-year-old signs, which greet you upon entry,” she said.

“We are already working to strengthen shopping area links with Highcliffe Castle and ride on the ‘Mr Selfridge’ wave, with plans for a land train from castle to shops.

“Other ways to further this project will of course be informed by the survey results and we are really keen to get residents’ views.”

Malcolm Mawbey from the Highcliffe Centre Partnership said: “Our partnership was formed in March with the aim of working together to improve the Lymington Road shopping centre for residents and tourists alike.

“Its membership is gradually expanding and includes local borough and county councillors as well as a number of local organisations.

“We want as many people as possible to let us know their views on shopping locally in order to meet our aims.”

Further information about the Highcliffe Centre Partnership can be found at highcliffedorset.co.uk

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5:13pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Minty Fresh says...

Get all the mobility carts off the pavements!
Just kidding ok!
Get all the mobility carts off the pavements! Just kidding ok! Minty Fresh
  • Score: -1

5:52pm Sat 9 Aug 14

madras says...

It needs a lot less traffic to start with. Pavements are too narrow. Perhaps could work out a s-l-o-w one-way through the high street and loads of parking at either end. Then look at rents / business rates and seek to encourage a good mix of shops and cafes / restaurants. With all the tourist areas nearby it should be a draw
It needs a lot less traffic to start with. Pavements are too narrow. Perhaps could work out a s-l-o-w one-way through the high street and loads of parking at either end. Then look at rents / business rates and seek to encourage a good mix of shops and cafes / restaurants. With all the tourist areas nearby it should be a draw madras
  • Score: 5

7:21pm Sat 9 Aug 14

twynhamob says...

Move it all to Castlepoint.
Move it all to Castlepoint. twynhamob
  • Score: -4

7:46pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Rasta dude says...

Get stuck there everyday waiting for micras civics and jazz cars to decide were they going to attempt to park it to many oldies in one place it's a car park -- sorry if it sounds bad but it's true
Get stuck there everyday waiting for micras civics and jazz cars to decide were they going to attempt to park it to many oldies in one place it's a car park -- sorry if it sounds bad but it's true Rasta dude
  • Score: 4

9:30pm Sat 9 Aug 14

kalebmoledirt says...

The high is dead ask Lidle or Aldi to move in put a regular bus services on to the latest thing an out of town shopping centre and turn the shops into something that people want affordable housing
The high is dead ask Lidle or Aldi to move in put a regular bus services on to the latest thing an out of town shopping centre and turn the shops into something that people want affordable housing kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -7

7:12am Sun 10 Aug 14

RivermeadMike says...

The last thing Highcliffe needs is a land train!

Lymington Road is over congested as it is without adding a slow moving land train. Besides how would it accommodate wheel chairs and mobility scooters?
The last thing Highcliffe needs is a land train! Lymington Road is over congested as it is without adding a slow moving land train. Besides how would it accommodate wheel chairs and mobility scooters? RivermeadMike
  • Score: 0

7:30am Sun 10 Aug 14

crazybird says...

Alot of the congestion is caused by the elderly population who either drive poorly or park a couple of feet away from the pavement blocking the single carriageway so that cars/lorries/buses etc., have to wait until the other carriageway is clear so they can use both sides. It has always been a problem and always will be unless something drastic changes. It is not called "God's waiting room" for nothing in Highcliffe.
Alot of the congestion is caused by the elderly population who either drive poorly or park a couple of feet away from the pavement blocking the single carriageway so that cars/lorries/buses etc., have to wait until the other carriageway is clear so they can use both sides. It has always been a problem and always will be unless something drastic changes. It is not called "God's waiting room" for nothing in Highcliffe. crazybird
  • Score: 0

8:19am Sun 10 Aug 14

skydriver says...

Simple answer free car parking, although the council don't see it that way. All they want is your money from the dash cow parking meter, visitors and locals alike.
When, oh when, will these idiots who, try to run the towns, see the light..
Simple answer free car parking, although the council don't see it that way. All they want is your money from the dash cow parking meter, visitors and locals alike. When, oh when, will these idiots who, try to run the towns, see the light.. skydriver
  • Score: 6

8:20am Sun 10 Aug 14

skydriver says...

skydriver wrote:
Simple answer free car parking, although the council don't see it that way. All they want is your money from the dash cow parking meter, visitors and locals alike.
When, oh when, will these idiots who, try to run the towns, see the light..
Ohms that should have read CASH cow...typo.!!
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: Simple answer free car parking, although the council don't see it that way. All they want is your money from the dash cow parking meter, visitors and locals alike. When, oh when, will these idiots who, try to run the towns, see the light..[/p][/quote]Ohms that should have read CASH cow...typo.!! skydriver
  • Score: 3

2:02pm Sun 10 Aug 14

coster says...

Double yellow line the length from the traffic lights to the layby in front of the post office store, on both sides. This would at least allow a clear run through for the large number of delivery vehicles. Make the car park 50p for two hours.
Double yellow line the length from the traffic lights to the layby in front of the post office store, on both sides. This would at least allow a clear run through for the large number of delivery vehicles. Make the car park 50p for two hours. coster
  • Score: 3

1:26am Tue 19 Aug 14

Jimbo2012 says...

Well for starters it would help if the Bournemout Echo knew that Highcliffe is a small town and not technically a village...
Well for starters it would help if the Bournemout Echo knew that Highcliffe is a small town and not technically a village... Jimbo2012
  • Score: 0

1:26am Tue 19 Aug 14

Jimbo2012 says...

Well for starters it would help if the Bournemouth Echo knew that Highcliffe is a small town and not technically a village...
Well for starters it would help if the Bournemouth Echo knew that Highcliffe is a small town and not technically a village... Jimbo2012
  • Score: 0

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