High Street Task Force

The Executive Office formed the High Street Task Force (HSTF) to identify the challenges and issues that our high streets face and to oversee the development of solutions and actions that can be taken to support our high streets.

Vision

“Sustainable city, town and village centres which are thriving places for people to do business, socialise, shop, be creative and use public services as well as being great places to live.”

It will require everyone working together and the broadest possible buy-in from those who live and use our high streets. It will need partnership and a focus on delivery, and it will very much be a long-term project. Transformation will not happen overnight and significant work has already been undertaken in getting us to this point.

Right across society, there is a desire for our high streets to succeed. They are more than simply places to shop: they are a focal point for the community and the HSTF membership will use its networks to ensure a balanced approach that reaches across the entire region. With this, comes the understanding that it cannot be a one-size-fits-all solution. Every high street is different. They each have their own character and personality, with traits as unique as the village, town or city where they are located, and they will need bespoke local solutions.

Call for Evidence

As part of this process the Executive Office has launched a Call for Evidence which is available via the following link: Call for Evidence – High Street Task Force

It is an important opportunity for people to have their say and will be an essential step in bringing the vision to life and seeing results “at street level”  The Executive Office and the High Street Task Force encourages the widest possible engagement and sharing of views and experiences through this Call for Evidence.

Workshops

As part of the Call for Evidence, a series of six workshops will be conducted. They will be carried out around the country to allow in-person views to be heard and discussed. Venue locations, dates and times are subject to change, so please check the information on this web page before attending.

Places at the workshops are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To register your interest in attending, please email the High Street Task Force at: highstreet@communities-ni.gov.uk stating which workshop you wish to attend and we will confirm availability. Please state any special requirements that you may need.

Location

Venue

Date

Time

Cookstown

The Burnavon

9 November

Doors open: 12.30pm

Event: 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Enniskillen

Fermanagh House

17 November

Doors open: 12.30pm

Event: 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Newry

Canal Court

23 November

Doors open: 5.30pm

Event: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Derry~Londonderry

Millennium Forum

24 November

Doors open: 12.30pm

Event: 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Portadown

Millennium Court Arts Centre

26 November

Doors open: 12.30pm

Event: 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Ballymena

Adair Arms

1 December

Doors open: 5.30pm

Event: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Downpatrick

Denvir’s Hotel

2 December

Doors open: 5.30pm

Event: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Zoom Workshop

Online

3 December

10.30am – 12.30pm

Belfast

Hilton

6 December

Doors open: 12.30pm

Event: 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Summary

The High Street Task Force will collate all information gathered across the workshops and responses to the Call for Evidence to create a draft report, with recommendations, which will be subject to consultation and equality considerations before a final report is presented for agreement by the Executive by spring 2022.

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