Committee to look at boosting town’s night-time economy

Saturday, 6th September 2014

Tamworth should be a first-choice destination for people to visit at night, for meals, cultural events and socialising, not just for pubs and clubs, according to Tamworth Borough Council’s Aspire & Prosper Scrutiny Committee.

A report to the committee, presented by Cllr Jeremy Oates, called for an in-depth look at the town centre’s night-time economy, including what it currently has to offer, how many people it employs, the number of people coming into Tamworth at night, where they go and the number of licensed premises.

Cllr Oates said: “The night-time economy plays a vital part in the prosperity of the town centre. We want to improve the reputation it has and get the message out that Tamworth has a lot more to offer at night than simply pubs and clubs.

“We also want to attract a wider variety of restaurants and places to bring people into the town at night and made it the destination of choice. To do that, we first need to look at what the issues are and how we can tackle them.”

It was agreed that a sub-group will be set up to look at the issues affecting Tamworth’s night-time economy and what can be done to improve what the town centre has to offer the night-time visitor.

The new sub-group is made up of Aspire & Prosper Scrutiny Committee chair Cllr Tina Clements, vice-chair Cllr Joy Goodall, Cllr Jeremy Oates, Cllr Tony Madge and Cllr Matthew McDermid.

It was also agreed that the group will talk to businesses involved in the Tamworth night-time economy to get their views on how to address the issues.

Cllr Tina Clements, chair of the Aspire & Prosper Scrutiny Committee, said:

“We want more businesses to invest in Tamworth, so that the town centre is a more attractive place for people to come for an evening out.”