Across the country, high streets are struggling, with many shops lying empty. Power to Change has been exploring the idea of creating Community Improvement Districts to support community-led approaches to high street regeneration, and in June 2022 announced seven CID pilots across England.
Shared Assets is really pleased to be working with Julian Dobson at Sheffield Hallam University as the “learning partners” to these seven pilots. Over the next year we will work alongside the community organisations, local authorities and business improvement districts that make up the pilots as they try new ways of rejuvenating their high streets.
We will be holding regular learning stocktakes and roundtables, and will be producing resources as we go that should help others wanting to set up a CID to learn from the pilots.
The Power to Change website has more detail about the seven pilots, but they are:
- Kilburn High Road, London;
- Wood Green, London;
- Skelmersdale, Lancashire;
- Hendon, Sunderland;
- Ipswich, Suffolk;
- Stretford, Greater Manchester; and
- Wolverton, Milton Keynes