Hornsea is in the running to win up to £10,000 in prize money as part of a nationwide search for Britain’s best high streets.
The Hornsea Area Regeneration Partnership has submitted an application for the rising star category, which recognises areas that are turning fortunes around.
The awards are a national celebration of individual communities’ efforts to revitalise their local areas. Hornsea’s application includes achievements such as reducing the vacancy rate from 9% in 2009 to 4% in 2015, developing the local market, dressing the town with banners designed by a local artist, and launching a new web presence – www.visithornsea.co.uk .
Cllr Barbara Jefferson, Chairman of Hornsea Area Regeneration Partnership said:
“Hornsea High Street has been transformed over the past 8 years. Once suffering a lack of private investment with empty properties and a large undeveloped site, the town centre presented a limited offer.
“Today there are very few vacant properties, new private sector developments have sprung up along with an explosion of café culture with alfresco dining available throughout, which spills into the revitalised night time economy with new bars, wine bars and restaurants opening.
“Fingers crossed our application will be successful so Hornsea will get it’s name recognised as a great place to live, shop and work.”
Now in its 3rd year, the competition celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets. Alongside the cash prize, Google are offering all category winners a visit from The Digital Garage on Tour – a skills training workshop for retailers and small businesses.
High Streets Minister Andrew Percy said:
“Last year’s competition was a massive success, helping to showcase the very best high streets across the country, with thousands of votes cast and winning high streets reporting an increase in shoppers.
Nominations are now closed and the top 3 shortlisted in each category will be announced in October. They will then go through to a public online vote and places will be visited by the Future High Streets Forum judging panel made up of industry leaders from across retail, property and business. If Hornsea is shortlisted we will need everyone to support the town through the online vote and get our town centre recognised for all it has to offer!
Details about the competition can be found at: www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk