NW Evening Mail - 1 July 2009
ALL plans to improve the shopping experience in Barrow town centre are to be welcomed.
Creating an attractive environment is paramount for shoppers and retailers alike.
However, while cosmetic improvements are important, so too is ensuring that as much as possible can be done in supporting existing retailers and attracting new enterprises to fill vacant premises.
The £4.13m project shows money is there for lighting, street furniture and new footways but equal financial assistance must be extended to those seeking to start up new retailing businesses.
News this week that the recession will sink deeper and last longer than previously predicted indicates that we have a long way to go. before we see any real growth nationally and locally.
Consequently it is vitally important that investment in Barrow town centre and its shops is maintained and will go a long way to ensure Barrow has a modern, vibrant shopping centre.
We must ensure the momentum it creates is used to attract more businesses in Barrow’s heart.
BARROW’S positioning at the very heart of Cumbria’s Energy Coast was affirmed yesterday with the confirmation of the town as a supply port for one of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms.
Furness has a long and prestigious engineering history with a deep reserve of the necessary skills and facilities required to exploit all our energy resources.
Winning the contract is an important stage in securing our share of the billions of pounds worth of future investment.