Regeneration...a challenge we can meet
'Love Hamlet Court Road' Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July 2018
A public event in Hamlet Court Road to celebrate local place. Local shops and businesses are invited to join the event by offering something different, perhaps a new offer or discount to help the community enjoy the day and to encourage business. The local community is invited to visit or extend a visit in Hamlet Court Road - try something new, something different and support your local shops and businesses.
More details to follow....
The following traders, businesses and groups are the first to sign up to supporting regeneration - why not join them?
YMCA | ENS Health & Social Care Recruitment | Aaron Lyons Goldsmith | Urban Utopia Hairdressing | One Base Media | Classic Cap | Tina's Shabby Chic | Alex's Fish & Chip Shop | Fresco Box | Bathstore | CAWS (Conservation Association for Westcliff Seaboard)
Hamlet Court Conservation Forum has the regeneration of Hamlet Court Road as one of it primary aims.
The once great Edwardian shopping street has suffered greatly with changing times, the massive uptake of out of town shopping over the last 30 years and latterly the huge onset of online and click & collect retailing. Retailing has changed and this has badly effected Hamlet Court Road like many other high streets and sub-high streets around the UK. Footfall is not only way down but the shopper profile has changed, with low value convenience shopping now the order of the day. The world is changing faster now than at any time with the digital revolution so new ways of thinking and new practices are inevitable.
But much of the historic fabric of Hamlet Court Road survives, in good or reasonable (or repairable) condition. Yes the prevalence of poor quality modern shop fronts is a distraction but these can be replaced and improved over time and with the appropriate guidance. It is even possible that funding streams, backed by a comprehensive regeneration project, could assist this improvement. Policy and guidance could assist both the historical replacement or the most modern shop front approach. Other works repairing lost and damaged fabric could also happen.
By supporting this heritage and seeking the help of organisations like Historic England the community can coalesce around the heritage values of the historic past as a springboard to the future, helping to support existing traders and explore new ideas to build, perhaps slowly over time, a new thriving business and residential community.
This can happen and has happened elsewhere. Margate, a similar, estuary located, near neighbour had a run down historic centre but through the support of a regeneration project was able to secure £1.2m in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. A further £1.3m in funding was obtained from Europe and elsewhere. This kicked start local regeneration and the uptake of once boarded up premises such that now the area is thriving with small specialist shops, cafes and restaurants. If Margate can do it so can we!
Please lend your support to this project here.