Friday, November 17, 2017

Visitor numbers up in the town centre

The figures also show Saturday is the busiest day for pedestrians in town, with a peak around midday.

Following an analysis of Wrexham’s High Street performance by the Manchester Metropolitan University back in 2014, a number of recommendations were put forward and last year a new town centre steering group was created to implement a 25-point plan for the town.

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One of these goals was to look at ways of increasing footfall, through initiatives such as enhancing the appearance of town along with developing new events. Data from a new electronic pedestrian counter installed on Hope Street has been feeding through weekly counts to the Town Centre Management team.

Councillor Terry Evans, Lead Member for the Economy was pleased to see the latest data. He said;

“The town centre team and the steering group have worked hard this year to ensure that the town and our markets are prioritised in terms of appearance and promoted well. Along with cornerstone events like the St David’s Day parade, the food festival and the Victorian Christmas Market – the town has been buoyed by the monthly street festivals and community events that regularly occur throughout town.”

Wrexham is one of seven towns selected to take part in the Innovate Project, a 2-year government backed project to track sales and footfall in Wrexham. Along with the footfall counter, sales data is also collected from a dozen businesses across the town centre every week. This data looks at week on week sales change and also year on year sales change.

The businesses currently taking part in the project are spread across the town centre and their sales figures (expressed as a percentage increase or decrease) are submitted every Wednesday. The town centre team then processes the data and return a sales report to each business showing how their sales have done vs the town centre, plus they receive an overall view of sales and footfall in Wrexham.

Officers from Wrexham County Borough Council now hope to install additional counters in other parts of town as they continue to collate more information to support future initiatives and the development of the town as a competitive destination.

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Source: https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/visitor-numbers-up-in-the-town-centre/ (Thu Aug 31st 2017)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

Santa Appeal is open

"Last year we were delighted to collect more than 2,000 presents, thanks to the generosity of local people and the support of our adult service users at Learning Curve, who volunteer their time to collect the presents from collection points.

"The Santa Appeal has seen people who have very little themselves donating to cover the cost of a gift for one child and also groups of people from work places, organisations, sports teams and universities coming together to donate a bundle of gifts.

"It truly is such a heartwarming campaign and one that allows us to celebrate the true magic of Christmas and community spirit."

The Santa Appeal is open to the public from November 1 to November 24. All you need to do is ring Santa's helpers on 01443 425025 (lines open from 9.30am to 4.30pm (Tuesday to Friday) or drop an email to customerservicesrctcbc.gov.uk entitled Santa Appeal.

You tell them how many children you would like to buy for and they will give you the name and age of a child who would be delighted to receive a gift. Simply choose a present and take it to your nearest collection point in a gift bag by December 1, so the Learning Curve staff can collect it and ensure it gets to Santa in time to be delivered Christmas Eve.

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Last year, over 2,000 children in Rhondda Cynon Taf who are less fortunate than others received a present (or two!) to open on Christmas Day, thanks to the Santa Appeal.Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, which runs the successful appeal, is delighted to confirm the Santa Appeal 2017 is now open, with residents urged to show their support and ensu...