Mayor strolls down Staple Hill High Street

People in Staple Hill met Metro Mayor Dan Norris as he checked out the views of traders looking to boost business after the pandemic’s severe impact.

The Metro Mayor was invited by Cllr Ian Boulton, who chairs The Staple Hill Partnership, to hear thoughts about how more people can be encouraged to use the local facilities. And Mr Norris talked with shoppers to hear first-hand what they think could be done to attract more people to the High Street.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “Staple Hill High Street boasts plenty of great shops selling all sorts: from greengrocers to greeting cards; from fresh meat to pharmacy. There are lots of places serving tasty food, drinks and snacks too.

“Those involved in running these facilities have imaginative ideas about how to encourage more local people to use the fantastic High Street.

“Lots of local small businesses have taken advantage of funding support from the West of England Combined Authority that I lead. It was good to hear first-hand how Staple Hill traders think this can be improved, expanded and shaped to better meet local need. Our conversations also included buses, face masks and business rates.

“As we become more confident about going out after the effects of the pandemic, the more we use facilities on our doorstep the more the community will benefit. And as we all work together to reach our ambitious net zero carbon target, how much better those short journeys can be for our planet.”

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