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 Regulation 15 Submission version of the Bridport Area Neighbourhood Plan. The first significant piece of work being to undertake by the Group is 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 of a health check exercises are 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 will be collected for the Town Centre Health Check during July-Oct 2019.
Data to be collected includes:
• A products and services survey in July 2019
• Footfall and car park capacity surveys on 4 selected days
• A Shopper questionnaire
• A Retailer questionnaire
All data feeding into the 2019 health check will be collected by Bridport Town Council with support from the Chamber of Trade, Dorset Council and participating retailers.
All surveys to be undertaken using the Neighbourhood Plan definition of the Centre of Bridport area and includes collecting data for West Bay.
How can I input to the Town Centre Health Check?
If you are a local resident or regular shopper in Bridport you can complete the online
‘Shopper Survey’ found at:
If you are a local retailer in Bridport you can complete the online
‘Retailer Survey’ found at:
All fully completed survey forms received by the 25th October 2019 will be entered into a prize draw with a range of prizes on offer provided by Bridport Tourist Information Centre.
If you wish to be eligible for the prize draw you will need to provide contact details at the end of the online questionnaire. Prize winners will be contact by the Town Council by the end of November 2019.
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. A short summary report will be produced and made available through the Town Council website.