All four of our initial challenges are now closed for ideas however we still need your help. Welcome to our honorary 'fifth challenge'! Open until Friday 30th March.
York has an opportunity to take stock and look to build on the strengths of it’s city centre as a major economic asset.
One resource that has been identified to start to focus this, a fund of £100k to create transformational change, starting with one city street, through the Portas ‘Town Team’ scheme.
High streets all over the UK are facing challenges with regard to changes in retail trends that will force an evolution of their services and the purpose of this challenge is to think positively about how we can act as a city to not only maintain, but actually promote the role of the city centre for the future.
The Council is already working with partners to bring together a city centre action and investment plan that will join up current initiatives – ‘Reinvigorate’, the ‘Core Strategy Action Plan’, the area-based initiatives like ‘Micklegate and Minster Quarter groups’ – and build on these to develop a clear and proactive plan for acting to support and promote the city centre.
Attached (see below) is a slideshow which provides some background information on the changes the City Centre has faced over the last few years.
But we also need your ideas and help!
- The spread of supermarkets offering needs-based services, like doctors and opticians often drive business away from the smaller city centre practitioners.
- We need to understand what a good deal is for consumers, thinking wider than price towards wellbeing and long-term sustainability.
- The cost of business rates for small or new businesses is currently high.
- Lack of and expense of parking in town and city centres can cause additional problems for city centre businesses.
- Owners of city centre property ‘sitting on’ their assets or leaving them empty rather than actively taking part in the city centre community.
- High streets and town centres need to offer a mix, not just shopping – an experience.
- Bridging the gap between the high street, the bricks and mortar and the online world.
So this challenge is to explore:
How can we positively address some of the current and future issues to ensure our city centre is a vibrant, lively and enjoyable place to be with all the services that it needs to have?
How can we reduce the current issues causing the city centre difficulties in terms of encouraging smaller and start up businesses, understanding what people need now and in the future and responding to a changing world?
How can we pilot some of your solutions, starting with one street (please suggest the street you have in mind), with a view to rolling out if successful?
Please do think outside the box!! All ideas welcome.
PLEASE NOTE: Although we are using the GeniUS! web platform to generate discussion and ideas, these will not be subject to same selection process as ideas under our four previous challenges.These ideas may or may not be used within a Pilot Scheme.