Statement from Matthew Sims, Chief Executive, following Prime Minister's announcement - 6 July 2021
We welcome the decision by the Prime Minister to remove restrictions on 19 July 2021.
This is an important step forward for the country, people and our economy, allowing our businesses and in particular those in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector the chance to trade at their full capacity. We hope the removal of these restrictions will, in time, support the return of confidence to our high streets.
There is no doubting that in recent weeks we have seen the green shoots of recovery with greater footfall, increased consumer confidence and more freedom. We clearly hope this momentum will continue up to and beyond 19 July 2021 as we work with one another as we look to revitalise our destinations as we approach the summer.
It is vitally important that towns and cities such as Croydon begin to see the return of the commercial sector, slowly but surely, in a managed way, keeping safety for all at the heart of the approach. For that to happen, we implore the Government to act on its promise and to deliver flexible commuter tickets as part of the ‘greatest railway shake up in decades’ for the thousands that would come into Croydon on a daily basis. Without this support, our high streets will continue to struggle to recover.
We have successfully demonstrated the enormous benefits that can be derived when organisations work together at a local, regional and national level, achieving far more than any one individual organisation is able to do on its own. We will continue to develop and maintain strong working relationships with policy makers and influencers, ensuring that the business community’s views are robustly represented at the highest level. Regular engagement with our members and ensuring that they are kept up-dated on the latest news, developments, issues and policy changes is key in the drive to forge an even stronger, more dynamic and effective town centre community.
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