What’s Right/Wrong with Frimley Town Centre

Here’s the overview of what we found out last night from the study Surrey Heath commissioned on the town centre:

In General:

Retail

  • Replicating the National Small Towns pattern the majority of the commercial ground floor units in the defined town centre are A1; Shops (53%).
  • There is a higher proportion of A2; Financial and Professional Services in Frimley (22%) than the National Small Towns average. (15%)
  • Similar to the National Small Towns pattern 78% of the A1 Shops in Frimley are either unique to the town centre (50%) or the South East (28%). The main difference in the data is the high proportion of ‘Regional’ traders in Frimley.

Car Parking

  • 72% of the parking available in Frimley town centre is ‘Short Stay’, 22% higher than the National Small Towns average.
  • Car parking vacancy rates are lower in Frimley (29%) than the National Small Towns average on the Non Market/ Quiet Day (37%).

Town Centre Use

  • Replicating the National Small Towns trend, 43% of the Town Centre Users generally visited Frimley for ‘Convenience Shopping’.
  • 34% of post codes were from those living in the town whilst 63% were from those living within a 30 minute radius. The ‘Visitors’ category is noticeably higher than the National Small Towns average of 29%.

Positive

Vacancy Rate

  • The vacancy rate of 1% in the defined town centre offering is vastly lower than the National Small Towns average of 7%. To place this data further in context, the Local Data Company in February 2015 reported that the Vacancy Rate in all town centres in Great Britain was 14%.

Customer Spend

  • Customer spend is higher in Frimley than the National Small Towns average with 38% of Town Centre Users spending more than £20.01 on a normal visit, 11% higher than the National figure.

Access to Services

  • 28% of Town Centre Users reported that they visited Frimley to ‘Access Services’, 11% higher than the National average. 65% also stated that ‘Access to Services’ were a positive aspect of the town centre

Room for Improvement

Car Parking

  • 61% of Town Centre Users and 50% of Businesses rated ‘Car Parking’ as a negative aspect of Frimley. ‘Car Parking’ was a key theme to emerge from the qualitative suggestions with specific subcategories, ‘free/ cheaper parking’ and ‘parking enforcement’. In terms of the latter, this refers to the negative impact of the current enforcement policies in the private car park.

Retail Offer

  • 50% of Town Centre Users and Businesses rated ‘Retail Offer’ as a negative aspect of Frimley. ‘Retail Offer’ was a another key theme to emerge with general comments being accompanied by more specific issues such as ‘reducing the number of charity shops’ and ‘increasing the number of cafes/ coffee shops.

Physical Appearance

  • 65% of Town Centre Users rated ‘Physical Appearance’ as a negative aspect of Frimley, a figure augmented by qualitative feedback.

Traffic Flow

  • A sub category to emerge from qualitative feedback was the need to reduce ‘Traffic Flow’ in Frimley town centre.

Low Footfall

  • The average footfall figure in Frimley on the busier day (Tuesday 16th June 2015) was 70 persons per ten minutes, which is noticeably lower than the National Small Towns figure on a Market/ Busy Day of 134.
  • Similarly, and perhaps the truest barometer of trading conditions, the Quiet Day footfall figure in Frimley was 56 persons per ten minutes, once again lower than the National Small Towns figure of 98.

Frequency of Visits

  • Interestingly the visits of town centre users to Frimley were less frequent than the National Small Towns average. Only 9% of Frimley users travelled to the town centre on a ‘Daily’ basis, 20% less than the National figure.

Rental Values/ Property Costs

  • 60% of Businesses rated ‘Rental Values/ Property Costs’ as a negative aspect of operating in Frimley town centre.

Not Recommended

  • 60% of town centre users would not recommend a visit to Frimley Town Centre, 40% higher than the National Small Towns average.

Why I voted as I did planning meeting 14.09.15

 

Development: 14/0925 Little Heath Nursery

  • Planners Recommendations: was grant, now refuse
  • Issues of Contention: character, drainage, need for this housing, most important issue is flood risks
  • How I voted: for refusal, refused by unanimous
  • Why: this application needs to be completely re-thought…

Development: 15/0175 Camberley Police Station

  • Planners Recommendations: grant, put in 35 houses
  • Issues of Contention: none
  • How I voted: for, unanimous
  • Why: no reason not to

Development: 15/0272 Orchard Cottage, Windlesham

  • Planners Recommendations: refuse
  • Issues of Contention: drainage, greenbelt
  • How I voted: for approval, matter overturned by 10-4, with 1 abstention
  • Why: much needed facility, no real harm to the greenbelt

Development: 15/0433 4 Frimley Road

  • Planners Recommendations: grant
  • Issues of Contention: none
  • How I voted: for, unanimous
  • Why: no reason not to, there was no compelling reason not to do this

Development: 15/0455 80 Verran Road Camberley

  • Planners Recommendations: refuse
  • Issues of Contention: they still have not sufficiently changed the plans
  • How I voted: for refusal, matter refused by 6-2
  • Why: no reason not to go with officer recommendation

Development: 15/0568 Former Cheswycks School

  • Planners Recommendations: Grant
  • Issues of Contention: ecological grounds
  • How I voted: for, unanimous
  • Why: no reason not to, there was no compelling reason not to do this

Ooooh, let’s have some of that…

  
Honestly, would any thinking person vote for this lot??? To all my Conservative colleagues pressing the fear and panic buttons, pack it away… This guy is the best thing that’s happened in a generation for us. Jack the taxes up by 20%? Nationalise the banks? Destroy the railroads? Have big strikes and walkouts every 2 weeks like the French? The guy couldn’t even sing the national anthem today…

Oh sure, the British public will vote for that…  Not… The majority of the British public may have been born at night, but it wasn’t last night… Forget these idiots, let them destroy themselves, we don’t need to bother…