Uppingham has submitted its entry into the 2016 Great British High Street Awards. In the 2015 Awards the town reached the top five in the 'small market town' category.
This year's entry includes evidence of a number of new town centre achievements by the community's businesses and their statutory and voluntary sector partners. These include the preparation and publication of the first consultation version of a Town Centre and Business Zones Plan covering the period up to 2036 (now being updated following community and business consultation responses). Also the completion of a twelve month trial of a Community Hopper Bus linking the town's residential areas to its high street and doctors surgery.
The submission acknowledges the level of private sector investment in the town and praises the contribution of Uppingham's 'independent' retailers and galleries to its living high street. The entry, prepared by community partnership 'Uppingham First', also recognises the achievements of Uppingham's manufacturing, service and educations sectors and the significant support to the high street afforded by Uppingham Town Council.
In endorsing the entry Uppingham Town Mayor Alec Crombie MBE said, "As Town Mayor I am pleased to endorse this application. The Town Council and Uppingham First have worked collaboratively to support and improve the commercial heart of the town through direct action, innovation and forward planning. I believe Uppingham is a worthy candidate for the Great British High Street Awards."
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