New Scunthorpe Renaissance Town Team discuss local issues at first meeting
Free parking, eyesores and littering were all discussed at the first meeting of the new Scunthorpe Renaissance Town Team.
Businessmen, politicians and residents came together for the inaugural meeting at the Civic Centre in Scunthorpe to support the team.
Rob Taylor, new chairman of Scunthorpe Renaissance Town Team, said: "I was looking forward to getting the town team up and running again and was just fortunate that the opportunity to become chairman was available.
"I was part of the last town team for the entire time it was together.
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"I am delighted that people were confident enough to put me in this position. I will take all the information and suggestions from the inaugural meeting and see how it fits with the town team's original strategic framework."
David Redmile, owner of Cindy's Accessories in Scunthorpe town centre, said at the meeting: "Parking and preventing rubbish on the High Street are two of the most important things.
"Some days the mess on the High Street is embarrassing."
Des Comerford, owner of Fallen Hero in the town centre and chairman of Keep Scunthorpe Alive, said at the meeting: "At the moment footfall may have crept up, but people with dispensable income seem to have vanished.
"One of the biggest problems is the 42,000 square feet in TJ Hughes that is vacant.
"I really do believe we've got a chance to turn the town around if we work together. What the town needs is a quick shot in the arm to revitalise business and trade.
"We should trial two hours free parking until January in the Parishes and see where it gets us."
Ian Kelly, who works in the education sector in Scunthorpe, said at the meeting: "People tend to reduce litter when they have pride in an area. Development is the issue and we need to turn eyesores into more appealing features in the town centre."
The meeting also heard from Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin about the need for a town team.
Mr Dakin said the issue went beyond politics.
"It is good to see Conservative and Labour group members showing a commitment to see this on its way as a positive initiative," he said.
"A town team is a challenge, and can be challenging to other authorities, but I think it is a good thing. The important thing is that the town team challenges itself to be the voice of the wider Scunthorpe community.
"The town centre is challenged, so it is important that we do all we can to help our High Street. The town team will provide the eyes and ears to make sure the town centre is looked after. Through our efforts, energy and enthusiasm, we can make a real difference."
The team will next meet on Tuesday, November 13 at the Civic Centre in Scunthorpe.