Regeneration is the name of the game
The newly formed Westbury-on-Trym regeneration project committee met for the first time at the end of September, with a mission to fill the empty retail units, improve the security of businesses, bring in more shoppers, and set up a ‘Totally Locally’ shopping scheme and website.
The project will be run by the Westbury-on-Trym Business Association (WOTBA), chaired by Amanda George, owner of We Make Bristol.
Investigations are under way to find out what is happening with the empty retail units. It was suggested that having a nominated person to liaise with the beat manager may help the police link crimes as their current system doesn’t do this.
Approaches are to be made to butchers and fishmongers to see if they are interested parking up a mobile van, offering a new service to attract shoppers to the village. A weekly market has been suggested for Carlton Court but it is believed that the landlords had refused to give permission for this in the past. This is being investigated and alternative locations for a small market considered.
The project will be funded, hopefully, through sponsorship, obtaining grants and WOTBA membership fees. The possibility of the village getting any business improvement district funding will also be investigated.
Amanda said that due to the scale of what the committee wanted to do she would like to start on some smaller scale elements of the project that could be quick to implement and have an immediate effect on the area. Once these have been started they can then move on to looking at implementing ‘Totally Locally’ and working on the website.