FRODSHAM could benefit from a study into Cheshire’s market towns.
In-depth research concluded that Alsager, Middlewich and Bollington would benefit most from a package of resources to improve their economic performance, while Frodsham, Holmes Chapel and Poynton would benefit from investment on a smaller scale.
The research, carried out by the former Cheshire County Council on behalf of the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), identifies a range of improvements to make each town centre more attractive to shoppers and businesses.
These include improving town centre layouts, car parks and gateways, bringing empty buildings back into use, improving arts and cultural activities.
The study – by consultants Roger Tym and Partners - will now be considered by the NWDA.
Cllr Jamie Macrae, Prosperity Portfolio Holder for Cheshire East Council, said: “Market towns are a vital feature of Cheshire’s economy and it is important they are well supported and encouraged to thrive.
“This is an exciting opportunity for major transformation for the six towns identified.”
A second report prepared by consultants’ BE Group, looked into the provision of workspace for small businesses in rural areas, concluding there is a serious shortage of such workspace in certain areas which is impacting upon the local economy, and Malpas, Tarporley, Frodsham and the Weaver Valley would benefit from assistance.
Cllr Herbert Manley, Prosperity Portfolio Holder for Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “It is vital there are enough commercial units available for rent in rural areas – otherwise businesses are forced to look elsewhere, which would be a huge loss to our rural communities.”