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While the addition of trees and wider pavements are a good idea, the real way to regenerate the High Street would be to add parking spaces, not take them away. The footfall in the shopping area has reduced due to the point where passing trade has dried up. It passes through. The additional strain on parking from the new hotel at Chipping Close if (when) it gets built will also drive residents away.

It is no surprise the quality of shops available has declined. They cannot get enough customers to justify the high rents.

Create parking. Allow 30 minute short stays FREE along the High Street. Allow parking at peak times.

Build trade up, then you can play with the environment. Otherwise you will be left with lovely wide pavements in front of empty shops, which will provide a nice area for the rough sleepers, so not all bad!