Newquay Business Improvement District (BID) received overwhelming support from the general public for its street signage project with over 50 questionnaires being filled in during consultations last week.
The BID set up presentations at key locations across the town offering local residents the chance to have their say in the project, which aims to enable visitors and residents to better navigate their way around the iconic coastal town, ensuring they stop off at all of its key attractions and pass through key trading locations.
The BID encouraged local people and businesses to share their favourite memories of places in the town and highlight areas for inclusion in the project. Many local people turned out over the four days to have their say, including local MP Stephen Gilbert and a number of town councillors who came along to find out more.
Local people shared the following thoughts on the existing signage, saying:
“[The current signage is] tatty with too many “A” frames and advertising of shops that make it difficult for people to know where they need to go.”
“[There is] too much visual distraction from architecture, businessses and areas of natural beauty just off the main streets.”
They also shared their thoughts on what would help visitors find their way around the town, saying:
“The streets need to connect with the open spaces which are our major asset which are not always noticed by visitors”
“[Visitors should] persevere with trying to find [their] way around….as once you do, the town is a great place to be with something for everyone”
Many people said that visitors should also be made more aware of outdoor pursuits such as surfing and coasteering, as well as highlighting alternative ways to get around Newquay, like cycling. The Bronze Age settlement over by Lusty Glaze and the Huer’s Hut were identified as historical places that needed to be clearly signposted.
Emilie Calhaem, BID Manager said: “We were very pleased with the support shown by the public during the consultations and sincerely thank everyone that came down and took part. The feedback that we received was both useful and informative. People can still share their thoughts and ideas by contacting the BID on 01637 498599 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.”
“During the consultation, people mentioned the fact that dog mess and chewing gum detracted from the appeal of the town. While the signage does not directly tackle these two public nuisances, it is hoped that by improving the general look of the town people will start to play their part in helping to improve the environment of Newquay for both visitors and locals alike.”