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Loving the Local: The role of councils in our High Streets and Town Centres

Loving the Local: The role of councils in our High Streets and Town Centres

APSE Policy Seminar 

Thursday 2 April 2020 Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB

View the programme here

Many UK High Streets and Town Centres are in decline. With empty shops giving way to takeaways and betting shops and a marked decline in the quality of the local area. At the same time online retail and the impact on local business rates add to the pressures on local place. Too many town centres have suffered set-backs as developers have reconsidered their commitments leaving many regeneration schemes to be mothballed.

This has led to Councils taking on the task of shaping local places, often stepping in where developers have  withdrawn and looking much more pragmatically at actions to improve the local High Street and Town Centres. This seminar will therefore explore the multiplicity of factors that impact on local places. ‘Loving the local’ brings together an array of expert speakers packed with ideas that have helped to not only stem the decline but to make a positive difference  to local areas. This seminar includes:-

  • Professor Cathy Parker, lead co-author of the Government Commissioned report ‘High Street 2030: Achieving Change’ 
  • Local councils interventions: Acting as stewards of the local economy
  • The role of culture and tourism in reinvigorating town centres
  • The role of active travel for greener local High Streets and Town Centres
  • Using planning to support public health outcomes: Restricting  takeaways and betting shops
  • Getting the operational frontline right: The role of streetscene and public realm
  • Positive parking: A balance between enforcement and encouragement for shoppers and businesses

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Seminar Date: Thursday 2 April 2020 

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What's included: The delegate fee covers attendance, delegates' documentation, lunch and light refreshments. Please note that hotel accommodation is not included. A list of recommended hotels in the area is available on request.

APSE Members Delegate Fee:               £179 + VAT
APSE Non-Members Delegate Fee:       £265 + VAT
Commercial Organisations:                    £379 + VAT

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Reservation is a contract. Substitution of delegates is acceptable any time in writing by post or email to scull@apse.org.uk. Cancellations must be made in writing at least 10 working days before the event and will incur a 20% administration fee. No refunds can be given for cancellations received less than 10 working days before the event or for non-attendance. In the unlikely event of cancellation by the organisers, liability will be restricted to the refund of fees paid. The organisers reserve the right to make changes to the programme, speakers or venue should this become necessary.

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