Reclaiming Midsomer Norton High Street

Following calls in last week’s issue for more public support for Midsomer Norton High Street – several key local organisations have come together to take on the challenge.

The Midsomer Norton Community Trust, Midsomer Norton Society, the Somer Valley Chamber of Commerce and Midsomer Norton Town Council have jointly called a public meeting for 7.30pm on Thursday 2nd March 2017 in the Town Hall Assembly Room to explore the potential for creating a ‘Frome type’ initiative to tackle the town’s footfall problems.

Those interested can get in touch by phoning: 01761 419133
or by emailing: manager@midsomernortoncommunitytrust.co.uk 

 “As a community it’s important that we show our support for the local businesses in the High Street as they grapple with increasing competition, not just from out of town but increasingly from Internet shopping. We have some great independent shops, but it always amazes me how people will drive to Bath for, say, craft materials when we’ve got shops like Rose Craft on our doorstep”, said Michael Rich, Chairman of the Midsomer Norton Society.

 The organisers are keen to emphasise that the meeting is to consider constructive, realistic and positive ideas on how to promote what the High Street has to offer. Also residents from not just Midsomer Norton but the wider Somer Valley are welcome.

 “Whilst I’d be the first to agree there have been some bitter disappointments and broken promises in the past – not to mention endless meetings and schemes that came to nothing – we can’t just give up on 300 jobs. If Frome can do it so can Midsomer Norton. We’re looking for local residents and business owners who care about their High Street who can volunteer some time to help. We’re looking for small businesses and home workers, makers who might want to take part in a market. We’re looking for performers, musicians – in fact anything that may help to get more people using our High Street. We need a positive approach to making a change!”, said Tina Veater of the Somer Valley Chamber of Commerce.

From a community perspective, efforts are being made to ensure that the views of people of all ages are represented at the meeting,

“The Community Trust has members of all ages in the town who rely on easy access to their local High Street. Many are dependent on public transport and it’s not that easy or cheap travelling to Bath and Bristol every time they want buy this or that or access a bank. This is why services the Trust offers such as the Community Cinema are so important. By hosting this much needed discussion, we hope to be able to give local people of all ages a voice in shaping this new initiative”, said Alex Davis, Midsomer Norton Community Trust Manager.

The organisers are keen for people come forward with ideas and proposals to ‘reclaim’ and rejuvenate Midsomer Norton High Street.

Those interested can get in touch by phoning: 01761 419133
or by emailing: manager@midsomernortoncommunitytrust.co.uk