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Gloucester Road - the last great high street?

Published on: 26 Jan 2018

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Thirteen years ago The Independent newspaper billed the Gloucester Road as “The last great British high street”. The Bishopston Society believe that now is the time to look again at the vitality of our area in economic and community terms.

Chris Wallace, on behalf of the Society, said: "With the renewal of the Gloucester Road BID coming up soon, a full survey of the shops on Gloucester Road just completed, some well-known businesses celebrating anniversaries and significant changes from online sales and Brexit in the offing, the Society felt that it was an opportune time to focus on our much-loved shopping area, its past and the threats and opportunities in the future."

The Bishopston Society are lining up a talented panel of speakers for a meeting on April 17 and aim to get members and other guests to examine their hopes and fears for Gloucester Road over the next thirteen years.

So far, they’ve secured contributions to the panel from Councillor Eleanor Combley, a director of Gloucester Road BID, Sarah Thorp of Gloucester Road Central, and Chris Wallace of The Gloucester Road Story.

Chris added: “We’ll focus on Bishopston and Gloucester Road from a local traders’ perspectives, look at trading history and trends, and share our hopes and fears for the future. We’ll celebrate all that’s so good about the combination of retailing and community spirit in our area, and look ahead to the warnings of decline that are evident. We’ll identify what we as local citizens can do to preserve and develop our area, in a positive and forward-looking, not nostalgic, way.”

The meeting, “The last great British High Street? - the future economy of Bishopston" is on Tuesday 17 April from 7.30pm, at Gloucester Cricket Club.

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