More shops 'essential for city's future prosperity'

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SALISBURY needs more shops, cafés and restaurants if it is to compete with nearby towns and cities according to a leading businessman.

Ian Newman, chairman of Salisbury City Centre Management, says the redevelopment of the Maltings and Central car park will be critical to the long-term viability of the city centre.

“Salisbury’s businesses are currently losing around £37m a year to neighbouring towns and cities,”

he said.

“This is the estimated spend by people choosing to go to places like Southampton, Bournemouth and Winchester for their shopping or for leisure purposes, rather than coming to Salisbury.

“This is £750,000 every week missing from the tills of the city’s shops, cafés, restaurants and other businesses, with more than 50 per cent of this leakage going to Southampton.

“We have to do something to stem this because if we don’t it will get worse and this will lead to shops closing on a massive scale.”

Mr Newman was responding to recent comments that Salisbury already has enough shops, cafés and other facilities.

“Shopping today is the country’s most popular and arguably most important leisure activity,” he said.

“Gone are the days when people simply shopped out of necessity.

People today shop for enjoyment, as a means of relaxing and of spending time with friends or family.

Going shopping is combined with other activities – having a drink or something to eat or even going to the cinema or theatre.

“It is the provision and availability of all of these elements that determine how attractive a city is from a shopping perspective.”

Mr Newman said proposals from developer Stanhope to transform the Maltings and Central car park into a shopping and leisure area with flagship stores, riverside cafés and restaurants and other attractions were essential for the city’s future prosperity.

“Every single one of our competitors has invested heavily over the past five years,” he said.

“They have provided more shops and better facilities where we have simply stood still.

“We cannot allow this to continue.“ Any place that stands still becomes moribund until it eventually withers and dies.

“This is why the redevelopment of the Central car park and Maltings is so important.

“It is the only available site in the city that can accommodate a retail-led development of the size that Salisbury needs and which is commercially viable.

“For the future of Salisbury, not just the business community, we need this development and we need it as soon as possible.”

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9:25pm Thu 9 Jan 14

journalist1 says...

Ten years too late
Ten years too late journalist1
  • Score: 13

1:53am Fri 10 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

Mr Newman might like to consider the views of the retail traders as well.

From June 2011

FURIOUS traders confronted Wiltshire Council bosses today to demand a cut in the parking charges that are destroying their businesses.

And

December 2013

Forty per cent of all Wiltshire's parking penalties are given in Salisbury
As Wiltshire Council’s income from penalty charges rockets by 25 per cent, a Freedom of Information request has revealed that 12,075 parking fines were issued in Salisbury out of a total of 30,419 in Wiltshire.


Traders know that the welcome factor has a significant effect on business even if the council don't.
Mr Newman might like to consider the views of the retail traders as well. From June 2011 FURIOUS traders confronted Wiltshire Council bosses today to demand a cut in the parking charges that are destroying their businesses. And December 2013 Forty per cent of all Wiltshire's parking penalties are given in Salisbury As Wiltshire Council’s income from penalty charges rockets by 25 per cent, a Freedom of Information request has revealed that 12,075 parking fines were issued in Salisbury out of a total of 30,419 in Wiltshire. Traders know that the welcome factor has a significant effect on business even if the council don't. karlmarx
  • Score: 9

10:28am Fri 10 Jan 14

gingin says...

I agree with with what Ian Newman is saying. However we must have the correct balance for Salisbury making sure the individual traders do not suffer. Southampton and Bournemouth are mentioned but a little further is Reading and it's Oracle with riverside shops, restaurants and bars. All three of theses have invested heavily for their future.

There is always opposition to change and progress but Salisbury has to move forward otherwise it will loose even more money to other towns and cities!

On the subject of parking charges which Karl mentioned, yes the charges need to be reduced and although many will disagree there is the option of Park and Ride.
I agree with with what Ian Newman is saying. However we must have the correct balance for Salisbury making sure the individual traders do not suffer. Southampton and Bournemouth are mentioned but a little further is Reading and it's Oracle with riverside shops, restaurants and bars. All three of theses have invested heavily for their future. There is always opposition to change and progress but Salisbury has to move forward otherwise it will loose even more money to other towns and cities! On the subject of parking charges which Karl mentioned, yes the charges need to be reduced and although many will disagree there is the option of Park and Ride. gingin
  • Score: 5

5:48pm Fri 10 Jan 14

nesspah says...

Have to agree with all that's being said. Business is not complicated ......

Existing or new shops need regular footfall with adequate spend either from repeat customers and/or a healthy stream of one-visit-tourists.

Wiltshire Council parking policy is to try to discourage that so it's hardly suprising that other places spot an opportunity and drag people away.
Have to agree with all that's being said. Business is not complicated ...... Existing or new shops need regular footfall with adequate spend either from repeat customers and/or a healthy stream of one-visit-tourists. Wiltshire Council parking policy is to try to discourage that so it's hardly suprising that other places spot an opportunity and drag people away. nesspah
  • Score: 16

7:47pm Fri 10 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

Nothing against park and ride except the annual £1 million subsidy (average). Why not use this money to make parking more competitive with rival cities and towns instead?
Nothing against park and ride except the annual £1 million subsidy (average). Why not use this money to make parking more competitive with rival cities and towns instead? karlmarx
  • Score: 1

8:39pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Aethernet says...

Personally I would say that Salisbury could do with a wider variety of things to do. Buying things and eating seem pretty well catered for anyway. Of the 3 places mentioned only Winchester seems comparable to Salisbury.

Every time I visit salisbury the car parks I use are absolutely rammed, so I don't follow the argument that reducing the parking charges would generate more footfall. Where would they park?
Personally I would say that Salisbury could do with a wider variety of things to do. Buying things and eating seem pretty well catered for anyway. Of the 3 places mentioned only Winchester seems comparable to Salisbury. Every time I visit salisbury the car parks I use are absolutely rammed, so I don't follow the argument that reducing the parking charges would generate more footfall. Where would they park? Aethernet
  • Score: 13

9:01am Sat 11 Jan 14

UKD003 says...

More shops cafe, and restaurants? I agree, it's needed to enhance the fabric of the community ONLY if they are of quality and different. Bravo to Mr. Newman for speaking out. He is exactly right.

But really, the whole city needs a facelift. It feels/looks dirty and run down shabby. Nothing seems to sparkle and/or makes you think wow.

Please, we don't need more of the chain/voucher based restaurants that are overpriced, where their food cooked in mass in a buidling in in a remote buidling someplace and brought in to be heated up. Nor do we need shops selling more of the same old tat, very basic and nothing different.

I suspect there is high amount /significant % of shops that are charity shops, coffee chains, mobile phone & accessories shops. If you would take all of these out of the city, it would probably feel half full !!!!

The council sits in their internal meetings thinking up what they think we need. They just don't get it. Remember their huge blunder of the paving stones bought from China? What a huge mistake and waste of money to get something that did not add to the city, completley unnoticeable. They should all resign because of this. And like mentioned above, the cost for parking is just an example money grubbing and short sighted.
More shops cafe, and restaurants? I agree, it's needed to enhance the fabric of the community ONLY if they are of quality and different. Bravo to Mr. Newman for speaking out. He is exactly right. But really, the whole city needs a facelift. It feels/looks dirty and run down shabby. Nothing seems to sparkle and/or makes you think wow. Please, we don't need more of the chain/voucher based restaurants that are overpriced, where their food cooked in mass in a buidling in in a remote buidling someplace and brought in to be heated up. Nor do we need shops selling more of the same old tat, very basic and nothing different. I suspect there is high amount /significant % of shops that are charity shops, coffee chains, mobile phone & accessories shops. If you would take all of these out of the city, it would probably feel half full !!!! The council sits in their internal meetings thinking up what they think we need. They just don't get it. Remember their huge blunder of the paving stones bought from China? What a huge mistake and waste of money to get something that did not add to the city, completley unnoticeable. They should all resign because of this. And like mentioned above, the cost for parking is just an example money grubbing and short sighted. UKD003
  • Score: 14

3:24pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Dj79794 says...

This city seems to be slowly degenerating, unless the market is on there is a massive bare area within the city centre which the skateboarders love. Parking charges are ridiculous and the army of traffic wardens make it very hard for I dependant traders to make their living.
The cost of rent, rates within the centre is extortionate which prevents us from moving our business further into the city which would certainly improve the variety and choice of shopping.
You can virtually name what's going to be on the main streets without even looking... Main players being coffee shops, major chain retailers and an explosion of charity shops which is getting beyond the point of ridiculous.
The council don't appear to be doing anything to make the city more diverse or appealing to traders or shoppers alike.
This city seems to be slowly degenerating, unless the market is on there is a massive bare area within the city centre which the skateboarders love. Parking charges are ridiculous and the army of traffic wardens make it very hard for I dependant traders to make their living. The cost of rent, rates within the centre is extortionate which prevents us from moving our business further into the city which would certainly improve the variety and choice of shopping. You can virtually name what's going to be on the main streets without even looking... Main players being coffee shops, major chain retailers and an explosion of charity shops which is getting beyond the point of ridiculous. The council don't appear to be doing anything to make the city more diverse or appealing to traders or shoppers alike. Dj79794
  • Score: 11

6:25pm Sat 11 Jan 14

jayrose says...

UKD003: you say that the city is looking "dirty and run down shabby".
But then you criticise the refurbishment of the market square which I believe will enhance the City when it is completed and really add some "sparkle" as you put it.
UKD003: you say that the city is looking "dirty and run down shabby". But then you criticise the refurbishment of the market square which I believe will enhance the City when it is completed and really add some "sparkle" as you put it. jayrose
  • Score: -1

6:30pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Dj79794 says...

jayrose wrote:
UKD003: you say that the city is looking "dirty and run down shabby".
But then you criticise the refurbishment of the market square which I believe will enhance the City when it is completed and really add some "sparkle" as you put it.
What is left to complete? What's planned to break up the sea of grey and make it "sparkle"?
[quote][p][bold]jayrose[/bold] wrote: UKD003: you say that the city is looking "dirty and run down shabby". But then you criticise the refurbishment of the market square which I believe will enhance the City when it is completed and really add some "sparkle" as you put it.[/p][/quote]What is left to complete? What's planned to break up the sea of grey and make it "sparkle"? Dj79794
  • Score: 8

8:12pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Aethernet says...

"You can virtually name what's going to be on the main streets without even looking... Main players being coffee shops, major chain retailers and an explosion of charity shops which is getting beyond the point of ridiculous"

Salisbury has a very good quota of independent shops compared to other places I've visited.

Parked for £2 all day today :)
"You can virtually name what's going to be on the main streets without even looking... Main players being coffee shops, major chain retailers and an explosion of charity shops which is getting beyond the point of ridiculous" Salisbury has a very good quota of independent shops compared to other places I've visited. Parked for £2 all day today :) Aethernet
  • Score: -1

1:24am Sun 12 Jan 14

Grampie says...

Aethernet wrote:
"You can virtually name what's going to be on the main streets without even looking... Main players being coffee shops, major chain retailers and an explosion of charity shops which is getting beyond the point of ridiculous"

Salisbury has a very good quota of independent shops compared to other places I've visited.

Parked for £2 all day today :)
Where? Not according this website http://en.parkopedia
.co.uk/parking/salis
bury/

Cheapest for all day is £2.50 where did you park?
[quote][p][bold]Aethernet[/bold] wrote: "You can virtually name what's going to be on the main streets without even looking... Main players being coffee shops, major chain retailers and an explosion of charity shops which is getting beyond the point of ridiculous" Salisbury has a very good quota of independent shops compared to other places I've visited. Parked for £2 all day today :)[/p][/quote]Where? Not according this website http://en.parkopedia .co.uk/parking/salis bury/ Cheapest for all day is £2.50 where did you park? Grampie
  • Score: 6

10:48am Sun 12 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

it will be intreating to see what mother nature has made of the revamped QE gardens after the flood waters recede. Sand and gravel tend to go with the flow.
it will be intreating to see what mother nature has made of the revamped QE gardens after the flood waters recede. Sand and gravel tend to go with the flow. karlmarx
  • Score: 7

4:03am Tue 14 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

An update on needing more shops

Monday January 13th 2014...

"The worst of the financial crisis may be behind us, but the year ahead promises to be a challenging one for retail.

The Mirror reports that CRR boss Professor Joshua Bamfield believes that up to 12,000 shops could fold in 2014 with “fashion chains, chemists, jewellers, newsagents and health and beauty stores” the most likely victims.

Looking further ahead he foresees the closure of 61,000 shops – representing one on five – by 2018.

“The decline of high streets is accelerating,” Bamfield stated. “Our research shows around 12,000 stores may close this year, an increase of 2,000 over 2013.
“The high street’s share of retail sales, which was 50 per cent in 2001, is expected to drop below 40 per cent this year. By 2018 it could be 33 per cent.
“High rents and rates, fewer shoppers, the closure of uneconomic high street shops, internet retailers and high parking charges have made it hard for remaining stores to survive.”

Bamfield has also called for the UK Government to freeze business rates for two years and link them to turnover."

I notice that the article mentions one or two indicators that we and the business owners have pointed out on numerous occasions.
An update on needing more shops Monday January 13th 2014... "The worst of the financial crisis may be behind us, but the year ahead promises to be a challenging one for retail. The Mirror reports that CRR boss Professor Joshua Bamfield believes that up to 12,000 shops could fold in 2014 with “fashion chains, chemists, jewellers, newsagents and health and beauty stores” the most likely victims. Looking further ahead he foresees the closure of 61,000 shops – representing one on five – by 2018. “The decline of high streets is accelerating,” Bamfield stated. “Our research shows around 12,000 stores may close this year, an increase of 2,000 over 2013. “The high street’s share of retail sales, which was 50 per cent in 2001, is expected to drop below 40 per cent this year. By 2018 it could be 33 per cent. “High rents and rates, fewer shoppers, the closure of uneconomic high street shops, internet retailers and high parking charges have made it hard for remaining stores to survive.” Bamfield has also called for the UK Government to freeze business rates for two years and link them to turnover." I notice that the article mentions one or two indicators that we and the business owners have pointed out on numerous occasions. karlmarx
  • Score: -1

7:12pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Schoolmum999 says...

The Maltings offers such a huge opportunity for Salisbury to make up the ground it has lost to other local towns and cities.

I think that the new development must include more than just shops. Additional leisure facilities and attractions are essential to bring people to the city. Similarly, with the bus station having recently closed, could a bus station be incorporated? This would bring customers and workers directly to this location, whilst also providing a community facility which we now desperately need, no thanks to Wilts & Dorset.

How about art galleries, a community performance area, etc.
The Maltings offers such a huge opportunity for Salisbury to make up the ground it has lost to other local towns and cities. I think that the new development must include more than just shops. Additional leisure facilities and attractions are essential to bring people to the city. Similarly, with the bus station having recently closed, could a bus station be incorporated? This would bring customers and workers directly to this location, whilst also providing a community facility which we now desperately need, no thanks to Wilts & Dorset. How about art galleries, a community performance area, etc. Schoolmum999
  • Score: 2

10:38pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

Hmmm a £1million subsidy for park and ride you say. Why the heck then does the Maltings plan include a multi story car park and NO replacement for the coach station?
It's madness......
It's Salisbury..
Remember the road to nowhere ...!!
Hmmm a £1million subsidy for park and ride you say. Why the heck then does the Maltings plan include a multi story car park and NO replacement for the coach station? It's madness...... It's Salisbury.. Remember the road to nowhere ...!! Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 5

9:43pm Wed 15 Jan 14

karlmarx says...

Remember the road to nowhere ...!!

Sure, and we are still on it...
Remember the road to nowhere ...!! Sure, and we are still on it... karlmarx
  • Score: 2

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