Survey to help shape the future of town centre

Businesses are being urged to participate in Angus Council's and Forfar Business Initiative's town centre survey.

Businesses are being urged to participate in Angus Council's and Forfar Business Initiative's town centre survey.

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Forfar businesses are being urged to lodge their opinions on the town centre as part of a joint consultation by Angus Council and Forfar Business Initiative (FBI).

The survey, which runs until Friday, September 27, has arisen from a meeting held during the summer which focused specifically on the town centre area and how community groups would like to see it develop.

One of the main concerns raised was that the town centre had to look more attractive, which in part led to the addition of planters and floral displays by the Forfar in Flower group, provided in partnership with members of the business community.

The successful project brought together keen gardeners, primary school pupils, clients at the Lilybank Resource Centre and local businesses with one goal, which was to bring some colour to the town.

The initiative was led by Angus councillor Lynne Devine, supported by a dedicated group of volunteers, and involved attaching floral plant tubs to down-pipes in Castle Street and the High Street, bought by businesses for £10.

They also planted up five floral ‘trees’, with three at The Cross, one in Castle Street and one near the East and Old Parish Church gates.

Now the council and FBI have compiled the survey which aims to canvas further ideas and opinions directly from the business community. Copies have already been sent out but participants can also complete the questionnaire online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ForfarBusinessSurvey2013.

Lee Haxton, community planning officer with the council, who is co-ordinating the project, said businesses have an important part to play in shaping the future of the town centre.

He said: “This survey seeks to get some general views on what business owners think about Forfar town centre - what’s good about it, what could be improved and any specific ideas or proposals to improve it as a location for businesses.”

The results will be discussed at a further meeting to be held either in late September or early October when options for action will be considered.

Mr Haxton added: “We would welcome input into this and the more responses we receive, the more relevant and useful the results will be.”