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Organisers of a new scheme want to hear your views on the future of Lynn's town centre. Picture: Discover King's Lynn (7067094)
Organisers of a new scheme want to hear your views on the future of Lynn's town centre. Picture: Discover King's Lynn (7067094)

People in West Norfolk are being urged to get involved in a new project which aims to shape the future of Lynn's town centre.

Council chiefs and business leaders are spearheading the Vision King's Lynn programme, which aims to develop a long-term plan for the area to grow and thrive.

And residents will have the chance to share their aspirations for the town centre during events later this month, as well as via several other consultation platforms.

The project is being led by West Norfolk Council, in conjunction with Discover King's Lynn, the group which oversees the town's business improvement district (BID) area.

Officials say feedback from the consultation will be used to help shape a forthcoming bid to the government's Future High Streets Fund, which has pledged to provide £675 million for development programmes.

Peter Hodson, West Norfolk Council cabinet member for economic development, said: “The town centre is the heart of King’s Lynn with so many qualities and attributes.

"But we are aware that our high streets are under pressure.

“We want to work with the people who use the town centre – who work here, who live here, who do business here, who trade here, who shop here, who visit here – to shape what our town centre will look like in the future.”

Discover King's Lynn manager Vicky Etheridge added: “We have so much to be proud of in our town centre, the fantastic businesses, retailers, places to eat, meet and relax and of course our rich and beautiful heritage. We want to build on all of this.

“But we cannot do this alone. Our town centre belongs to all of us and so it is vital that people tell us what they think, what they need and from a town centre in the future.

"By working together, we can make this a town centre that truly benefits us all.”

An online survey is already open and campaign organisers will be in the town next Tuesday and Friday, February 19 and 22, for residents and visitors to have their say. Feedback cards will also be available at a number of locations.

The survey can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2MHZZHC and comments can also be made to @vision_lynn on Twitter and @visionkingslynn on Facebook and Instagram. The deadline for comments is Monday, February 25.

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