Offering far more than just shopping, they are places where people work and socialise and are vital to the city’s economy.
However, there is no doubt that trends in relation to online shopping and out-of-town shopping locations are having an impact. In order to assess the changes taking place in Bristol more accurately, the council has launched three short surveys to gather peoples’ views and experience.
The three surveys are aimed at residents and visitors, businesses located on high streets, and groups or organisations representing or working on behalf of businesses or residents.
These surveys, which take just a few minutes to complete, seek people’s views on a range of issues including how often they use their high streets, how they travel to them and to what extent they spend leisure time there. For businesses the survey asks about footfall trends, what methods they use to promote themselves and what external factors impact upon them.
The responses will help shape council policy and identify the best ways to support the city’s high streets to adapt to current and future challenges.
Cllr Craig Cheney, Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Finance, Governance and Performance, said: “Whilst recent media reports about the death of the high street may be exaggerated, there is no doubt that trends relating to changes to the way people shop, including online, are having an impact.
“That’s why we want to hear the views of as many people as possible about what they want from their shopping centres, in order to inform planning policy, investment decisions and business support initiatives.”
The surveys can be found on the council’s Consultation Hub here. The closing date is Wednesday 31 October.