Fife Council is inviting businesses in Fife’s town centres to let it know how it can help manage town centres safely for all as the lockdown restrictions ease.
Owners, managers and employees of retail, hospitality and leisure businesses based in any one of Fife’s town centres – any businesses which which are normally open to the public – are being asked to complete a short online survey.
Town Centre businesses and Fife Council will need to plan for shoppers and visitors returning, with reduced capacity due to social distancing requirements, queuing outside premises, and the requirement and opportunity for some businesses to use outdoor spaces.
Cllr Altany Craik, Convener of the Council’s Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning and Transportation Committee explained: “We are developing recovery plans to help address the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on towns and local shopping centres across Fife. A vital part of this planning is to support local businesses as our town centres begin to re-open.
“We’d like to hear about your plans, and the support that you need to re-open and trade both safely and successfully, as the lockdown eases. This will help us to manage our town centres effectively. Recovering from the impact of Covid-19 will challenge different businesses in different ways, and we want to do all we can to help.”
The survey, which will be open until 6 July only takes a few minutes to complete and can be found at www.fife.gov.uk/tc-recovery-survey”
In some areas, the council will need to reduce the amount of road space available for vehicles, in others full pedestrianisation might be needed to be in place at certain times. These are just some of the range of options which will be considered, including measures to support walking, wheeling and cycling.
Cllr Craik added: “The council is working hard to support a range of business sectors in its town centres, including retail, hospitality and leisure, culture and public transport and we want to hear from as many businesses as possible.”