To mark High Street Saturday (March 16th), Rachel joined the Redditch Conservatives team in the town centre to talk to residents about ambitious plans to unlock Redditch’s full potential.

High Street Saturday is a new national campaign day to celebrate the place of the high street at the heart of communities across the country.

Rachel and local councillors played their part in supporting Redditch’s town centre by speaking to residents and visiting local businesses about their plans for the town.

What have the Conservatives done for Redditch?

  • Secured funding for the upgrade of Redditch Train Station: Possible plans include a second platform, additional parking and a better link-way into the Kingfisher Centre.
  • Town Centre regeneration and ‘State of the Area’ events: We promised to get the people of Redditch involved with regeneration of our town centre and have held 3 public events, generating great ideas and feedback.
  • Business Rates cut for 90% of retailers by one third: Some businesses will save up to £8,000 a year thanks to a Business Rates cut for retailers. What’s more, Redditch will apply to the £675m Future High Streets Fund.

Rachel said: “It was great to join the Redditch Conservatives team on Saturday to celebrate High Street Saturday and to spread our positive message about how we’re unlocking Redditch.

“It’s always important to think local, shop local to support our independent businesses here in Redditch which are the backbone of our town centre.

“Even though Brexit dominates the headlines, when I talk to residents they always tell me how important their town centre is to them, and this remains a strong focus of work for me.

“There is a lot going on here in Redditch to unlock our town’s full potential. Funding to upgrade Redditch Railway Station, ‘State of the Area’ debates on the regeneration of our town, business rates cut for 90% of retailers.

“It’s really positive that under local Conservative leadership we have been able to take concrete steps to improve the town centre, that I know people across our community care so much about.”