Conservative Group Leader Cllr Graeme Coombes says Bedford Borough Council must listen to and act on the views of respondents to a consultation on the future of the town centre if it is to deliver positive results.
The consultation was launched last week encouraging visitors to outline their ideas for an improved town centre experience.
Cllr Coombes said:
‘For a decade there has been an absence of energy, focus and leadership from the Mayor in supporting our town centre. We welcome his belated decision to adopt the Conservatives’ manifesto commitment to engage with businesses and residents and produce a coherent town centre strategy.
‘Bedford continues to face the challenge posed by out of town retail and online shopping, resulting in reduced footfall. Despite this, our town centre has an incredible offering, including our magnificent Embankment setting and brilliant independent retailers which sets us apart from our rivals. Residents and businesses know best how we can make the most of these attributes so we expect the Council to listen to their ideas and act on their concerns.’