Business group set to improve town centre

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EMPTY premises, a lack of footfall and local shoppers and the look and disrepair of the town centre were the main concerns raised by Market Rasen business owners at a meeting on Monday night.

Around 39 of the town’s businesses were represented at the meeting, held at the Holy Rood Schoolroom.

The businesses have now formed a voluntary working group to look at how Market Rasen can bring more shopers into town and keep local residents shopping there.

Those who attended the meeting agreed that one area that would be a “quick win” was if the town look better and was inviting to visitors.

The former Taal Indian restaurant and Goldmine pub, as well as the overgrown railway bridge in Queen Street, were all raised as concerns and The Red Lion used as an example of how a little investment can improve a building and help business.

Richard Hallsworth, of Nicholsons Accountants, suggested the formation of the Market Rasen Business Improvement Group and the next meeting, which all business owners in Market Rasen are invited to, will be held at the Holy Rood Schoolroom in King Street, Market Rasen, on March 5 from 7pm.

For more information visit www.marketrasenguide.co.uk, follow the group on Twitter twitter.com/marketrasen_big or on Facebook www.facebook.com/Marketrasen.