6.30pm Monday 19 November
Colston Hall 2
In her report published last December, retail expert Mary Portas set out her vision for Britain’s high streets, and warned that “after many years of erosion, neglect and mismanagement” they will “disappear forever” unless urgent action is taken.
This major public event, free and open to all, is intended to inform Bristolians about what is being done in this city in response to these findings, to stimulate ideas and act as a catalyst for further action.
CATHY PARKER, Professor of Retail and Marketing Enterprise, Manchester Metropolitan University, will give the keynote address, introduce the issues and give examples from other cities of how the problems might be addressed.
COUNCILLOR ANTHONY NEGUS, Bristol City Council Cabinet Member for Housing, Property and Regeneration will respond with the actions the City Council is/has taken.
TONY MILES Chair of the Clifton Village Traders Association will speak about the proposal for a Clifton Business Improvement District.
BEN BARKER, Secretary of Greater Bedminster Community Partnership will speak about Bedminster’s successful bid for funding to become a “Portas Pilot” area.
GEORGE GRACE, consultant from “Towncentred” will talk about regenerating Gloucester Road and the Town Teams Initiative.
All speakers will then form a panel on the stage for an hour of questions/debate from the floor.
The event will close around 9.00–9.30pm.