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The Town Centre Health Check Survey 2019  

A Town Centre Working Group was re established by Bridport Town Council in 2018. The Working Group will take responsibility for delivery of the Centre of Bridport projects set out in the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan. The first significant piece of work being to undertake by the Group was a Town Centre Health Check.

Why a Town Centre Health Check is needed?

Town Centre Health Checks are a means of assessing the vitality, viability, resilience and performance of town centres over time. The results from health check exercises will be used to formulate strategies for improvements and inform policy documents.

The submission version of the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan recognises that the retail and cultural offer of the Centre of Bridport is a critical element for the future viability of the local economy as well as underpinning the quality of life for residents. The neighbourhood plan includes a project to undertake regular health checks of the commercial offer provided by the Centre of Bridport. The data being used to inform development proposals and build a robust evidence base for future reviews of the local and neighbourhood plans.

What data will be collected?

Data was collected for the Town Centre Health Check during July-Oct 2019.

Data collected included:

  • A products and services survey in July 2019
  • Footfall and car park capacity surveys on 4 selected days
  • A Shopper questionnaire
  • A Retailer questionnaire
  • Crime data for 2018/19

All data collected for the 2019 health check will be held by the Town Council and made available to partners to inform town centre initiatives.

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