A survey has now been arranged to capture the views of businesses and consumers in town centres across Denbighshire, a week after some shops opened their doors.
Earlier this month, Denbighshire County Council announced that a Task Group had been set up to support town centre businesses during and after the re-opening of shops, working jointly with business associations and local communities. The Council also has teams out and about in our main town centres, monitoring compliance with safety guidelines, as well as offering practical support to businesses, such as signage or posters.
Now, the Council has produced a short survey to find out how businesses and visitors/ residents found the re-opening experience. The feedback will be fed into discussions about what steps the Council and its partners will take next.
Leader of Denbighshire, Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, who is also the Cabinet Lead Member for the Economy, said: “For more than three months, town centres - the heart of many of our communities - stood still and quiet, with businesses closed and visitors and locals alike asked to stay at home and away from others until things became better.
“The easing of restrictions on town centre businesses is a step in the right direction and the Council is delighted to be working with the business associations and communities across Denbighshire to ensure the re-introduction of services is running smoothly. Feedback to date has been really positive and the support will go-on as business continue to get back on their feet.
Councillor Mark Young, Cabinet Lead Member for Planning, Public Protection and Safer Communities, said: “Listening to the views of businesses and consumers is vital as we work together to promote the local economy.
“We recognise that many businesses and communities have felt relieved and excited at the prospect of businesses opening up, with others feeling anxious or apprehensive about the thought of returning to work or visiting a town centre - even if it's essential.
“It’s all about having a proper dialogue with people so that we can assist town centres to settle into the new ways of working and assisting the efforts to protect our communities”.
The survey can be found here: