Civic Voice held a study Day in Altrincham on the
16th October 2019 at AltrinchamTown Hall.
The theme for the day was how community activists – residents and business owners, worked with Trafford Council and other authorities to revive our town to give other Civic Societies some ideas for their own activities.
A total of twenty five people attended the event, including representatives from four other Civic Societies and some members of our own committee, to hear how Altrincham had gone from a Ghost town to the Best British High Street.
Chair Judie Collins welcomed everyone to the event and said she hoped that they would find it useful.
The delegates were then taken on a tour of Altrincham.
This was then followed by presentations from the following people:
Matt Colledge – Altrincham Forward
Sonia Cubrillo – Government High Street Initiative
Martin Duff – Altrincham Unlimited
Graham Fawcett – Altrincham Neighbourhood Business Plan
Ian Harvey – Director Civic Voice – Workshop on what issues people think they have in their town and what they took away from our day.
Martin Ledson – Trafford Council
Angela Stone – The Night time economy
The focus of the talks was what the community volunteers can do with help from the Council. or what the Council and other authorities can do with support from community activists.
In summing up, Chair Judie said it had been a useful and informative day for everyone and thanked everyone involved for making it such a success.
The following is an extract from the current Civic Voice Update:
We were pleased to speak in Altrincham earlier this week at an event organised by the
civic society celebrating the revitalisation of the town centre.
Our Director, Ian Harvey said, ‘Councils on their own do not have all the answers.
Get people talking about your town. Civic Societies need to lead this debate across the country.
When we talk about revitalising our high streets, we have to start the revitalisation with the people
who live there and get them engaged. To many towns have driven people out and now they are suffering.
If town centres do not not have people living in them, they will die.”