Addingham bids to beat the recession

Ilkley Gazette: Addingham Parish Council is aiming to help businesses in the village. Buy this photo » Addingham Parish Council is aiming to help businesses in the village.

Village councillors are going on a fact-finding mission looking for ways to help Addingham businesses in the current economic climate.

Addingham Parish Council has set up a sub-committee to come up with new ways of working with and promoting business in the village, following comments from members of the business community and residents.

Resurrecting a council-initiated business forum, using the village website and putting up signs to encourage passers-by to use local businesses were among initial suggestions discussed last week.

Chairman, Councillor Catherine Coates, asked councillors at last Wednesday’s meeting to consider what the council could do to help businesses.

“It’s a worry at this present time. Businesses have shut down. It doesn’t give a very good view of the village,” she said.

The first task of the new sub-committee will be to find out what business owners in Addingham want and how they feel the council could help them.

Councillor John Mawson said there was once a business forum in Addingham, established with the help of the council, but it ceased to exist after only two meetings. He asked if it would be possible to resurrect this initiative.

The meeting also heard that traffic was down in the village.

Other suggestions included allowing businesses to sponsor a speed warning sign in Addingham, or paying for a sign letting motorists on Addingham bypass know what facilities are on offer in the village.

The council heard there are many residents working from home in Addingham, as well as the businesses who have prominent shops and offices, who also form part of the business community.

The council already produces a village guide, which gives details of services, community organisations and businesses.

Bradford councillor, Adrian Naylor (Con, Craven), has also suggested forging links with Ilkley Business Forum and working with organisations such as Ilkley Visitor Information Centre.

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3:48pm Fri 28 Oct 11

pjl20 says...

Having lived in this area of Wharfedale for more than 25 years, since 1984 in facts. I have never seen the economy as depressed as it is at present.

Whilst a Parish Council initiative to create a new business forum is to be applauded the real difficulty is present government policy that is almost entirely directed at reducing the massive public sector deficit inherited from the previous profligate Labour government and not stimulating consumer retail sales.

The once thriving pub trade in Addingham has recently been reduced by the closure of two well-known and previously popular pubs: The Fleece pub and restaurant and the Craven Heifer in the Main Street of the village. A sign of the doom-laden times, methinks.

The by-pass certainly must reduce passing trade using the A65 trunk road, such as the pros and cons of reducing traffic congestion and improving road safety in the village.

One can but hope that George Osborne, Chancellor, is listening closely to the advice of Bank of England Governor, Mervyn King who says the government is off-course with objectives for the economy.

You cannot continue to dampen down demand and let inflation head above 5% per annum without running the risk of stagflation, that unusual phenomenon when demand is falling for goods and services yet prices are still going up.

An immediate stimulus of a 5% cut in VAT rate to 15% would lift retail sales and greatly assist local retailers in making more sales with local inhabitants.

According to the Ilkley Gazette the local business campaign to shop for goods and services locally is gathering pace, local e-commerce purchases need also to be featured in this drive for local business improvement

At this time both local Parish and Borough councillors need to put party differences to one side to concentrate on working together on community issues. We are having enough problems with the present friction that exists within the coalition government in Westminster. Lets show what can be achieved at a local level by full co-operative intiatives.
Having lived in this area of Wharfedale for more than 25 years, since 1984 in facts. I have never seen the economy as depressed as it is at present. Whilst a Parish Council initiative to create a new business forum is to be applauded the real difficulty is present government policy that is almost entirely directed at reducing the massive public sector deficit inherited from the previous profligate Labour government and not stimulating consumer retail sales. The once thriving pub trade in Addingham has recently been reduced by the closure of two well-known and previously popular pubs: The Fleece pub and restaurant and the Craven Heifer in the Main Street of the village. A sign of the doom-laden times, methinks. The by-pass certainly must reduce passing trade using the A65 trunk road, such as the pros and cons of reducing traffic congestion and improving road safety in the village. One can but hope that George Osborne, Chancellor, is listening closely to the advice of Bank of England Governor, Mervyn King who says the government is off-course with objectives for the economy. You cannot continue to dampen down demand and let inflation head above 5% per annum without running the risk of stagflation, that unusual phenomenon when demand is falling for goods and services yet prices are still going up. An immediate stimulus of a 5% cut in VAT rate to 15% would lift retail sales and greatly assist local retailers in making more sales with local inhabitants. According to the Ilkley Gazette the local business campaign to shop for goods and services locally is gathering pace, local e-commerce purchases need also to be featured in this drive for local business improvement At this time both local Parish and Borough councillors need to put party differences to one side to concentrate on working together on community issues. We are having enough problems with the present friction that exists within the coalition government in Westminster. Lets show what can be achieved at a local level by full co-operative intiatives. pjl20

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