The West Bridgford Commissioners are three independent volunteers with expert backgrounds in business who have been appointed to help steer the course of the local economy, supporting the West Bridgford Growth Board (WBGB).
They are former Nottinghamshire County Council chief executive Mick Burrows, Tim Richmond OBE, an experienced entrepreneur and local businessman and Nottingham Business School Professor Kim Cassidy.
They first sought the views of local residents, businesses and community groups when, earlier this year, they ran a consultation to see what you thought could be improved in West Bridgford town centre.
The Commissioners were heartened to receive almost 500 views, ideas and concerns gathered through a wide range of activities including an online survey, postcard questionnaire and Facebook comments. In addition they met with several local groups, businesses and other interested parties, as well as schoolchildren and young people.
Over 150 children from Jesse Gray School met with Mick Burrows in what was a really dynamic and informative discussion. Mick was really impressed with the level of engagement, he said: “I found it really informative and interesting to meet with so many children and hear their ideas. They were very clear about what they would like to see happening, they really engaged in the issues. They are all a credit to the school.”
Professor Kim Cassidy added: “It is really important for us to understand what makes West Bridgford attractive to retail investment. We want to know why we have lost a number of important retail outlets whilst, at the same time, attracting two highly sought-after shops.”
Tim Richmond concluded: “I would like to thank everyone who contributed to our consultation, and to West Bridgford Wire for its support in promoting what we were doing. We will continue to meet with local groups and organisations until the end of June, and will then start to analyse the rich source of consultation findings as we start to prepare our findings and recommendations over the summer period.”
The Commissioners will be using all of the feedback they’ve received when they draw up a series of recommendations and present them to the West Bridgford Growth Board later in the year.