Mayor sets out vision for high streets and visitor economy in Newark

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Backing high streets and championing the region’s visitor economy were two key priorities outlined by the East Midlands Mayor on a visit to Newark.

Claire Ward, who was recently elected as the first-ever East Midlands Mayor, visited Newark where she met with small business owners, community leaders and representatives from Newark and Sherwood District Council.

The visit included a tour around the town’s historic marketplace and conversations with the owner of local independent business BeanBlock Community Café. This allowed the Mayor to understand more about the current challenges faced by retailers and the types of support that could be provided to help high streets across the region thrive.

Representatives from the council provided a tour of current projects in the town, including the Riverside regeneration project, the redevelopment of a former retail space on Stodman Street into high-quality living accommodation and a trip to Newark Castle to learn about the ambitious Gatehouse project, which will be a key attraction to help bring more visitors into the town.

Claire Ward, Mayor of the East Midlands, said: “I’ve had a great visit to Newark to see the potential they have and learn about the extra investment they have received and how it’s being

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