Article by Billericay Gazette: A cash injection worth £1million could be pumped into Billericay High Street.
Councillors have been urged to back a £20,000 preliminary exercise that will assess potential improvement works.
Revamped Christmas lights, brighter hanging baskets, new street furniture and lighting are among proposed investments.
Bus stops, taxi ranks and paving could also be upgraded.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Trevor Draper, of Billericay Chamber of Commerce"]We have a significant shortfall of car parking facilities. That is one of the major factors in being unable to attract and keep not just our population, but also the people who travel into the town. If we can't park them, we can't invite them in. If we can't invite them in, we can't expect them to spend money.[/quote]
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Basildon Borough Council leader Phil Turner"]There are already signs the High Street needs improving,We are keen on another review in the same way we did in Wickford. Billericay has charm and character, everything an established town needs, but we are not going to rest on our laurels. I think we could quite happily see a million pounds spent over the next three to five years.[/quote]
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by High Street trader Carl Newsum, of Slipped Discs"]The real problem here is the shortage of parking, and I am not sure how the money they are going to spend can solve it.[/quote]