What does the future hold for Huddersfield town centre? With several major retailers beset by financial woes, declining footfall and online competition, we ask four key figures what can be done to protect our high street. “I stopped shopping in Huddersfield after getting my third parking ticket” Kate Hardcastle, founder of business transformation specialist Insight With Passion, said short-termism and a failure to evolve had finally caught up with some high street chains. Directors who in the early 2000s dismissed the looming threat of Amazon – saying “no one is going to buy a sofa online” – were now paying the price for their complacency. “Board rooms have been making decisions for the year ahead and not planning for the long-term,” she said. “These store closures would not have been as dramatic if they had been evolving over time.” The high street remained hidebound in its thinking. “When M&S or House of Fraser … [Read more...] about Special report: What is the future for Huddersfield town centre?
WORKS to improve safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians in Warwick town centre will begin today (January 8). Priory Road, from the Cape Road junction to St Johns, is set to closed until the end of February. Traffic will be diverted via Smith Street and The Butts which will be restricted to one-way southbound to ease traffic flow. Improvements include the widening of footways to allow room for cyclists, road humps, raised junctions and speed cushions as part of a new 20mph speed limit, and to help pedestrians cross more safely. Warwickshire County Council transport spokesman Coun Jeff Clarke said: “These works will improve the experience of travelling in and around Warwick town centre for pedestrians and cyclists as well as drivers. “The improvements to the town centre will create an environment that the people who live locally identified that they want during our consultation with them.” Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/warwicktowncentre for more details. … [Read more...] about Roadworks begin today in Warwick town centre
Improvement works to roads in Warwick twon centre start today (Monday January 8). There will be improvement works taking place along Priory Road, which will be the first stage of improvements proposed for the town centre. A 20mph speed limit has recently been introduced in the town centre. The works affects Priory Road from the Cape Road junction to St Johns, and was due to start this morning (Monday January 8). Work is expected to be completed by the end of February 2018. The works include the widening of footways to accommodate a new shared use footway / cycleway, road humps, raised junctions and speed cushions to help reduce vehicle speeds to the 20mph speed limit and assist pedestrians crossing. To allow the works to be carried out safely and efficiently, Priory Road will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the works. Traffic will be diverted via The Butts / Smith Street, with The Butts restricted to one-way southbound as part of the diversion plans to ease … [Read more...] about Road improvement works to Warwick Town Centre to start today
A New Year adventure proved fatal for two while they attempted to climb South Africa's Table Mountain. The accident cost the lives of a female tourist, believed to be from Hong Kong, and a local male tour guide, who were using ropes to scale the 1,085m tall mountain. A female companion of the Hong Kong tourist is recovering in hospital after being rescued with minor injuries. Local media reported that the accident took place when the victims were on the side of Arrow Final, about 150m below a cable car station. As the tourists began climbing the mountain at around 5pm on New Year's Day, the 61-year-old guide lost his footing and started plunging dragging the other climbers along with him. According to ejinsight.com, tourists in a cableway car alerted authorities. Hours later, a rescue helicopter arrived and the three fallen mountaineers were shifted to a cableway car, after battling a temperature of less than 10 degrees Celsius and poor visibility. While the two were found dead, the … [Read more...] about Deadlier than Mount Everest? Cape Town’s Table Mountain claims more lives
AN OPTICIANS has been designated a safe place in North Yorkshire for anyone who needs support in the community. Specsavers on Northallerton High Street is now a recognised venue where vulnerable members of the community can seek immediate support if needed. The North Yorkshire Safe Places scheme is run by the county council in partnership with North Yorkshire Police and other organisations. Loading article content The scheme is aimed at providing immediate support for the elderly, mentally or physically disabled, and vulnerable people in the community, ensuring they have a haven whereby they can seek assistance and find comfort if needed. Dedicated safe places will display specialist signs in an easily visible place, and those who are registered to the scheme will carry cards or wear wristbands highlighting their needs and emergency contact details. Once at the safe place, the safe place will be able to contact a central contact centre who will then send a responder to the … [Read more...] about Opticians designated a safe space in town