Town leading the way on recovery

A report shows Mansfield is in the top five nationally for high street recovery from the first COVID-19 national lockdown.

Figures released by Centre for Cities, a leading think tank dedicated to improving the economies of the UK's cities and largest towns, show that Mansfield is lying joint fourth nationally in its “high streets recovery tracker".
The data is collected from anonymised mobile phone data to track footfall and it showed encouraging results for Mansfield when collected at the end of the first week in December compared to pre-lockdown levels of activity in February.
Cllr Stuart Richardson, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Growth, said: “This latest news from Centre for Cities, along with our own data, appears to paint a hopeful and encouraging picture for Mansfield in these challenging times.
“We’ve been working hard with businesses, Mansfield BID, Four Seasons Shopping Centre and other partners to ensure the necessary measures are in place so that people feel safe and confident visiting the town centre.
“Thanks to funding from the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, we’ve employed COVID-19 marshals to patrol shopping streets and hotspot areas. They are supporting the public and businesses to ensure compliance with national and local COVID-19 guidelines and laws.
“Mansfield Market traders, shops and services need our support now more than ever and we are encouraging people to shop local. The Christmas lights are on from 2pm every day, parking is half price in all council car parks until the end of December and the toilets in Four Seasons Shopping Centre are free to use.
“It’s important that people continue to follow the guidance in full to keep our community safe. Remember Hands, Face, Space – keep Mansfield safe.”

Published: December 17th 2020