Fife Council is urging businesses across Fife’s town centres to take a short survey, to inform how the council can help manage town centres safely for all. This survey is for all businesses and business owners, managers and employees of businesses whose premises are normally open to the public and are based in one of Fife’s town centres.
Businesses and Fife Council will need to plan for shoppers and visitors returning in very different ways, with reduced capacity in business premises, queuing outside businesses and the potential for some business to use outdoor space.
Cllr. Altany Craik, Convener - Economy, Tourism. Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, said: “We are developing recovery plans to help address the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on towns and local shopping centres across Fife. A vital part of this planning is to support our local businesses as our town centres begin to re-open.
"We’d like to hear about your plans and the support that you need to re-open and trade both safely and successfully as the lockdown eases. This will help us to manage our town centres effectively. Recovering from Covid-19 will challenge different businesses in different ways and we want to do all we can to help. Please take the short survey today: www.fife.gov.uk/tc-recovery-survey”
In some areas the council will need to reduce the amount of road space available for vehicles and, in some cases, it is possible that full pedestrianisation will need to be in place during fixed hours. These will be part of a range of measures being looked which also includes measures to support walking, wheeling and cycling.
Fife Council aims to support the town centre business community and visitors by taking into account, where possible, the various needs of different user groups including businesses.
Cllr Craik added: “The council is working hard to support a range of business sectors in town centres including retail, hospitality and leisure, culture and public transport and we want to hear from as many businesses as possible on what the main issues will be for them.”