C4B Chairman's Update                June 2020
Paul Barrett

Dear [salutation],   Welcome to our June newsletter, in which we outline measures to support the all-important reopening of the district's high streets after three months of lockdown. The support package introduced by the City Council in conjunction with Canterbury BID (Business Improvement District) aims to make the retail spaces in our city and towns as inviting and secure as possible, while reassuring shoppers, visitors and workers that it is safe to return. People will need to get used to new ways of shopping and respect the new safety measures, so practical support to help businesses find their feet while we all gradually return to the 'new normal' is essential.
Supporting recovery
Canterbury City Council is working with partners to support the safe reopening of non-essential businesses, focusing on the four main high streets in the district: Canterbury, Herne Bay, Tankerton and Whitstable.

Current measures include:
  • Car parks, with the exception of Rosemary Lane, will be reopened
  • Reopening of three Park & Ride car parks without a bus service, offering parking at 50p per day
  • Temporary tariffs at Castle Street multi-storey, Station Road West multi-storey and Holman's Meadow capped at £3.50 per day to support city centre workers who can't use Park and Ride
  • Public toilets will re-open in Canterbury (apart from those in the Beaney), Whistable and Herne Bay; extra cleaning will be introduced
  • Hand sanitising stations in main car parks
  • Jet washing of key streets and extra graffiti removal
  • Colourful signage welcoming visitors and shoppers, re-enforcing social distancing messages
  • Floral distance markings on the ground in Canterbury, courtesy of Canterbury BID
  • Guidance and advice for businesses
  • Vinyls depicting cultural events and landscapes on empty units and development sites
The City Council will be looking at the issue of managing spaces over the next few weeks, particularly with regard to local markets, and, with Canterbury BID, investigating the status of tables and chairs licensing with Kent County Council.

For full details, visit news.canterbury.gov.uk

Looking ahead
Monitoring will be essential to enable support measures to be fine-tuned as the situation evolves. Additional measures will be introduced in due course to encourage people to visit and dwell longer, following feedback from businesses. The City Council will be working with partners at Kent County Council and Locate in Kent on campaigns to reinvigorate tourism, boost 'shop local' campaigns and put on events, once safe to do so.

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Canterbury BID webinars
Canterbury BID's free training for BID members includes interactive webinar sessions. The current series focuses on discussions about the impact of COVID-19 on specific business sectors. Next in the series: food and beverage, hospitality and tourism, education, evening and night time economy, sports and culture.For details, visit canterburybid.co.uk

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Virtual conference and AGM for BID
Canterbury BID held a virtual annual conference on 9 June. Keynote speaker was Professor Cathy Parker, Co-Chair of the Institute of Place Management and The BID Foundation, who spoke about the road to recovery and transformation. Lisa Carlson, BID CEO, and Clive Relf, BID Board Chair, gave presentations about Canterbury's road to recovery.
Professor Cathy Parker: The Road to Recovery and Transformation
Canterbury BID AGM and Canterbury's Road to Recovery

Watch the full event on YouTube: Canterbury BID Annual Conference and AGM

Cathy Parker is also the research lead on the government's High Streets Task Force, and has been leading a series of webinars on Planning for Recovery. For consumer insights, recovery planning, and more, visit the High Streets Task Force Resources website.

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