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Revamped Christchurch Chamber of Trade celebrate with special launch

Stephen_PresidentA revamped Christchurch Chamber of Trade and Commerce will be celebrated at a special launch event today.

With a new logo, executive committee, website and social media policy, the Chamber’s new direction is being spearheaded by president Stephen Bowden, pictured right.

He said the organisation had re-evaluated their objectives during the recent overhaul and now had a very clear view of what they wanted to become.

The new objectives include securing more business and promotion for the town, progressing commercial and technical education and supporting fair principles of trading for members. Regarding membership, he said they were striving to increase the numbers, which have remained stable over the past few years.

“Currently we have 130 members of varying sizes,” he said.

“We need to be seen as approachable, hence we have changed our website and included more social media interaction.”

Recently, the most important issue the Chamber has tackled was the parking situation in Christchurch – successfully campaigning for a £1 for two hours rate in the town.

Go to the website christchurchchamber.co.uk for more information.

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Have your say on plans to “enhance and improve” Christchurch town centre

PLANS to ‘enhance and improve’ Christchurch town centre will go out to the public next month.

A public exhibition of the new proposals will go on display for residents to give their views and provide feedback for council officials.

The exhibition will be held on Monday, October 6, under the Mayor’s Parlour in the High Street from 10am to 4pm.

The proposals are designed to ‘preserve and protect’ the town centre, although full details are yet to be released.

Cllr Ray Nottage, leader of Christchurch Borough Council said: “I’m delighted that we are now able to obtain community feedback on our proposals to enhance and improve the town centre. We are hoping to obtain as much feedback as possible on the proposals which have been drawn up to ensure we continue to preserve, protect and enhance the unique character of Christchurch and its historic centre.” Cllr Claire Bath, portfolio holder for economy at the council, added: “Enhancing the town centre experience will support economic growth in Christchurch which is a key priority for the council.

“We’re looking forward to meeting residents and stakeholders on October 6 to discuss our proposals for Christchurch town centre and to hear their views. We will analyse the feedback from this exhibition carefully to refine the plans.”

Council representatives and members of the project team will be present to explain the proposals and answer questions, and feedback forms will be available for residents to leave comments.

Following the exhibition, the display boards will be available to view in the foyer of The Regent Centre in the High Street from Tuesday, October 7, to Monday, October 13, open 10am to 10pm.

Details of the proposals and more information will be available at dorsetforyou.com/christchurch-town-centre-strategy from October 6.