I wanted to respond to the points raised by David Burling in last week’s Grantham Journal regarding the Grantham Area Action Plan (GAAP).
It is good that Mr Burling supports our plans for investment in, and encouraging more people to use, the town centre and in my previous letter I outlined some of our current projects which are supporting this.
However, our focus is not just on improving the retail offer of the town centre: we are also committed to attracting new business and employment investment to the town. In his reading of the GAAP, Mr Burling appears to have missed Station Approach, an employment led regeneration site on the edge of the town centre. This is one of the sites where we and Lincolnshire County Council are investing to secure land for redevelopment. The redevelopment of this area will help deliver significant new office and commercial floorspace aimed at supporting the development of new businesses, as well as revitalizing the area around the Station, improving pedestrian links into the town centre and turning the area into a vibrant thriving and attractive centre for residents, workers and investors alike.
Contrary to Mr Burling’s view, I believe that the GAAP does strike the right balance between providing jobs and improving the retail offer of the town centre. The responses we received when we sought the views of local residents and businesses on the Area Action Plan earlier this year, suggests that the majority of those who responded think we have too.
Cllr Frances Cartwright
Portfolio holder – economic development