Councillor Jane Evison recently visited Snaith to learn more about the town's tourism role, heritage offer and learn how the business community is adapting since the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.
The portfolio holder for economic development and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council met with Councillor Caroline Fox and Snaith & Cowick Town Councillor Richard Lyons along with Vicki Whitely, clerk to the council, to gain insight into the town's issues, aspirations and business growth opportunities.
The visit complemented the work being carried out by the Local Growth Team to enhance town centre prosperity, which includes the development of a Snaith Town Centre Recovery Plan currently being produced by retail consultants The Retail Group following a stakeholder workshop held this month. The Plan will include a range of practical ideas and actions to support Snaith town centre recovery and enhance the town's offer for residents, businesses, and visitors. Snaith is just one of 12 towns across the East Riding that have benefited from a COVID recovery plan, which have been funded through the UK Government's Welcome Back funding.
A walk about Snaith followed where Councillor Evison met with independent business owners.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council want to support ideas and initiatives that will help to revitalise and repurpose high street spaces and rural communities. The Love Your High Street Fund offers grants up to £10,000 to support ideas from local businesses, town/parish councils, organisations/community groups with projects that will revive high streets and help them to flourish for the future.
The Do it For East Yorkshire Community Grant scheme enables town and parish councils, voluntary and community sector organisations and others to benefit from funding up to £5,000 to help restart community groups or projects and get people back out into their community.
Councillor Jane Evison said: "I really welcomed the opportunity to meet with fellow councillors and business owners in Snaith this week to discuss and hear about the future aspirations for the town.
"I was very impressed to see how businesses have developed and expanded to incorporate additional offers much welcomed by the community, and it was clear to see that Snaith, has ambitious plans for the future."
Maria Ramos, of The Fruit Tree and Deluxe Candle Company in Snaith, added: "It was great to meet Councillor Evison and her fellow councillors last week and to have the opportunity to speak to her about our business and also our plans for the future.
"It has been a difficult period for all businesses, but I appreciate Councillor Evison making the time to come to Snaith last week and for the time she spent talking to numerous independent shop owners as she made her way round the town."
For further information either of these grants please visit the websites.
Love Your High Street Fund: https://loveyourhighstreet.co.uk/
Do it for East Yorkshire Community Grant: www.doitforEastYorkshire.co.uk