Welsh Towns Network

The Town Challenge

The economic and commercial viability of towns in Wales is challenged by long-term structural changes in demographic and consumption patterns as well as the current crisis of consumer confidence.  Current issues include:

 

  • Too much retail space exists to service the current size of the UK economy.
  • Growth of internet trading.
  • General dispersal of population and employment from town centres
  • The recent closure of some big name national multiples which has diminished confidence.
  • Poor transport connections
  • Lack of resilience in the independent retail sector
  • Competition from ‘out of town’ retail parks

 

CREW wishes to create a national dialogue which addresses these key issues and develops policy and delivery solutions which improve town performance throughout Wales.

 

Who should join

Anyone with an interest, either professionally or personally, in the future of towns in Wales is welcome to join the network and contribute their expertise and knowledge.  Those with responsibility for managing, regenerating, promoting and developing our town centres are especially welcome in order to maximise the sharing of knowledge and good practice.  Wales has some excellent examples of effective town centre renewal which should be celebrated and disseminated.  We can also learn from practice elsewhere and CREW is a member of the UK Action for Market Towns network.  We will also look at European practice to inform what happens in Wales.

 

For updates on the Welsh Towns Network network you can use the hashtag#CREWtowns, follow CREW on Twitter: @CREWRegenWales or join the network group on LinkedIn.

 

We also have a number of case studies from across Wales which can be found in our'resources' section.

 

To join the Network please email the following details to enquiries@regenwales.org.









 

The economic and commercial viability of towns in Wales is challenged by long-term structural changes in demographic and consumption patterns as well as the current crisis of consumer confidence.