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Haxby and Wigginton shopping area consultation launched

Published Friday, 19 November 2021

City of York Council has launched a consultation to identify current challenges around Haxby and Wigginton’s shopping area and understand how to best support it.

Haxby and Wigginton has one of the city’s most important local secondary shopping areas, which plays a pivotal role in the local community. It is home to many established and well-loved independent retailers, services and community spaces.

The council has opened a consultation to find out the views of the local community about how to help keep the shopping area at the heart of Haxby and Wigginton’s economy and community.

The outcomes of this study will be used to identify both short term and longer term initiatives to create a thriving economic future for Haxby and Wigginton shopping area, based on the feedback from local residents and businesses.

The consultation will gather insights on the services and shops in the area and listen to local residents on their aspirations and opportunities for the future and will last for 6 weeks.

Councillor Andrew Waller, the council’s Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, said:

Like the rest of the country, the Haxby and Wigginton shopping area has experienced the impact of Covid-19. The past 18 months have presented challenges for so many local businesses and residents, we have also seen people reconnect with their communities and use the independent, local shops which give York its special character.

"We want to combine that community spirit with the huge potential of the local area to offer a welcoming place where local people can enjoy all that Haxby and Wigginton has to offer.

“I would urge businesses and residents to make their views heard so we can fully recognise the potential of the Haxby and Wigginton shopping area for both businesses and the local community.”

The council is working alongside Information By Design (IdB) to ask for feedback and ideas from a diverse and representative cross section of local residents.

Residents can expect a COVID-19-secure knock on their door from IdB, with the surveys dropped with residents in a sterile bag, along with gloves, an antiviral wipe and a return bag. The market researcher will then return later that day to collect the questionnaire. Alternatively, keep a look out for posters in local shops and public centres in Haxby for hard copies.

Take part in the study and let us know your opinion.

The findings from the study will be collated and developed into a series of proposals which will be used to leverage future capital funding opportunities and projects. You can find out more about the Haxby and Wigginton Area Economic Study online.