A councillor fed up with people not having any pride in Market Rasen has launched a project to make the town more ‘prosperous’.
Market Rasen town councillor Jake Jackson was only co-opted this summer - and already the 19-year-old is working to improve the high street.
He says he wants the area to become strong and vibrant with a bustling economy - and has set up an online survey to find out residents’ and traders’ ideas.
Coun Jackson said: “When you walk up and down the street you don’t feel a sense of pride.
“We’re not a prosperous town, achieving our full potential.
“We need to gather up ideas and try to encourage a new sense of life in the town so we can all benefit from it.
“First we need to identify the problems so we can drive forward and remedy this.”
Coun Jackson believes the town needs to attract more big name chains to stop people heading out of Rasen to do their shopping.
He said: “We need to encourage big brands and high street names to invest in the high street.
“There’s nothing for the younger generation.
“Most people are heading to Louth, Lincoln or Grimsby.
“I want to encourage shops like WH Smith, Marks and Spencer and Primark.”
And the councillor believes Market Rasen has the potential to become a ‘thriving’ market town.
He said: “I want us to be a prosperous centre and reach our full potential, divert from what we’ve been doing previously and earn our place on the map.
“We need to think outside of the box.
“We’re on a main road between two thriving commercial centres.
“I want to take us forward and be a thriving market town.
“If you look at pictures of Market Rasen from 100 years ago, you see people and shops everywhere.
“We need to take the town back to the golden age.”
Coun Jackson’s survey includes questions such as ‘how far do you agree with the following statement; The lack of pride and appearance of our town prevents us from fulfilling our full potential’ and ‘how important is the appearance of our High Street and local businesses to residents and tourists?’.
He said: “I am eager to find out what the community at large believes to be the key issues within the town.
“I am also interested as to what the owners of the town’s businesses think about our high street, their ideas about how we can move forward from where we are and how we can encourage people to shop locally.
“I want to get as many people as possible from the town and surrounding areas to take part.”
So far, around 100 people have completed the survey.
You can fill it in at surveymonkey.com/r/5PL6FFZ. Or search ‘Market Rasen, The town plan - people’s thoughts and taking the town further’, on surveymonkey.com