A new report from the High Street Task Force report highlights the importance of local partnerships

A new report from the High Streets Task Force, focusing on the health of town centres in England, highlights the pressing need for enhanced local partnerships to drive the transformation of these areas and realise ambitious visions for the future of their high streets. Commissioned by the government and led by the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, the Task Force has undertaken extensive research in over 130 locations since 2020, seeking to understand local challenges and facilitate the conversion of these areas into vibrant and dynamic hubs. Civic Voice, as a partner, provides relevant advice and guidance resources for local places.

An analysis of findings across England reveals a concerning statistic: 40% of these places lack effective local collaboration and partnership. This deficiency emphasises the necessity for local authorities, businesses, community groups, and services to enhance their cooperation.

The most recent Annual Report spotlights progress in locations like West Bromwich in Sandwell, Ashton-in-Makerfield in Wigan, and Whitechapel Road in London, all of which have benefited from Task Force support. Each place has forged strong partnerships with local groups, resulting in tangible outcomes such as increased funding, development opportunities, and improved conditions for local businesses and residents.

Read the report via: https://www.highstreetstaskforce.org.uk/news/task-force-report-shows-local-partnerships-are-key-to-unlocking-high-streets-potential/