A GROUP championing tourism growth in town is researching the best ways to spend £10,000 to improve the town centre.
The Town Team has spent a busy few months researching the best ways to spend the funding and is currently looking into using empty shops as gallery space for young artists.
The group is urging Uttoxeter residents to ‘shop local’ in the interests of an independent high street.
With shop vacancies on the rise, the group of volunteers has been trying to pinpoint ways in which Uttoxeter town centre can thrive.
Graeme Jones, chairman of the Uttoxeter Town Team, said: “I would encourage town residents to shop locally if they want independent retailers to set up shop in town.
“These types of shops only come in if there is a strong demand for them.
“Over the past three months we have surveyed the town, looked at vacancy rates, found out what shops are thriving, spoken to locals, the developers of Carters Square and landlords renting out shops in the centre.
“We’re trying to find out what is holding the town back, how Uttoxeter can become more of a thriving centre, though it already is in some respects. The town has got a lot to offer.
“The problem is we don’t have clear advertising for events and happenings in town. There is not a high visibility of community groups.
“School pupils don’t get their work exhibited in public and this could be a great way to fill empty shop windows to lift the town centre.
“We’d like to address the vacant shop situation and liven up the town centre with window displays of artwork.”
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