Padiham town centre needs to trade on its strengths to survive

EXTRA help is wanted to promote future prosperity and bring “badly- needed change” to Padiham town centre — in the wake of a supermarket giant’s recent arrival.

Town traders are being urged to support In Padiham, an initiative established after Tesco opened a new store off Wyre Street.

Under a planning agreement a new town centre manager, Tony Fitzgerald, was appointed and funding provided to improve the retail experience.

New arrivals have appeared such as East Lancs People First, a charity shop which moved into the former Santander premises in Burnley Road, and the beauty salon Gorgeous, further up the hill, between Party Glitz and Impressions Photography.

But both Santander and NatWest have pulled out of the town and there are issues with long-term vacancies such as a former fireplace showroom and bridal shop.

An In Padiham spokesman said: “We have significant resources and talents that, if properly organised, they can produce a powerful force for badly-needed change.”

Already a website — www.padiham.org — has been launched, offering an online directory of Padiham traders and services.

And a video team is touring the town to shoot publicity material for Padiham, including an interview with Mr Fitzgerald.

Further assistance, in the form of film editors, writers, photographers or web designers, is now being sought to take the scheme to the next level.

Supporters of the project also ran a 10 for £10 loyalty offer in December giving discounts to shoppers who used a variety of local outlets.

The town also received a grant of £10,000, from the Government’s Portas Pilot Towns initiative, to spend on similar promotional work.

Cash has also been given for similar work to help businesses in Standish Street in Burnley.

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3:27pm Thu 3 Jan 13

APTurner says...

Just to clarify the new shop Gorgeous in Padiham is a ladies fashion boutique not another beauticians The idea is to bring a little bit of quality to Padiham to assist busy ladies who currently travel to Whalley / Clitheroe purchase our stocked labels and quality accessories at higher prices. We currently have a 50% sale on and you can follow us at @gorgeous4women
Just to clarify the new shop Gorgeous in Padiham is a ladies fashion boutique not another beauticians The idea is to bring a little bit of quality to Padiham to assist busy ladies who currently travel to Whalley / Clitheroe purchase our stocked labels and quality accessories at higher prices. We currently have a 50% sale on and you can follow us at @gorgeous4women APTurner
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4:57pm Thu 3 Jan 13

darwenTower says...

John Gray essentially gave the permission for this much unwanted Tesco
"In a report Mr Gray said he had allowed the store because he expected it to revitalise and improve the viability of the town centre. "

It's funny isn't? Tesco want to build, there is great opposition, Tesco build anyway, the quoues about how they will improve an area are trotted out but inevitably that never happened.

Mainly I say well done to the people who shop there and at similar such places. Thanks for giving us the identikit Britain we are now stuck with.
John Gray essentially gave the permission for this much unwanted Tesco "In a report Mr Gray said he had allowed the store because he expected it to revitalise and improve the viability of the town centre. " It's funny isn't? Tesco want to build, there is great opposition, Tesco build anyway, the quoues about how they will improve an area are trotted out but inevitably that never happened. Mainly I say well done to the people who shop there and at similar such places. Thanks for giving us the identikit Britain we are now stuck with. darwenTower
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5:03pm Thu 3 Jan 13

turbo5 says...

The only way to deal with Tesco is to boycott it, The same people who complain about losing their local shops will be shopping there. !!
The only way to deal with Tesco is to boycott it, The same people who complain about losing their local shops will be shopping there. !! turbo5
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5:28pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Mikeee47 says...

Supply and demand, we demanded padiham couldn't supply, still stuck in draconian days, half day closing on Tuesday etc, Barclays bank will be the next to close, Closes all day tuesday people of Padiham have to wait till Wednseday to bank after a bank hol, its pathetic,
you grumble now
I for one welcome Tesco it supplies my demand adequatly, cant wait for the fuel station to be built,
Padiham is a lot like the burnley FC no ambition
Supply and demand, we demanded padiham couldn't supply, still stuck in draconian days, half day closing on Tuesday etc, Barclays bank will be the next to close, Closes all day tuesday people of Padiham have to wait till Wednseday to bank after a bank hol, its pathetic, you grumble now I for one welcome Tesco it supplies my demand adequatly, cant wait for the fuel station to be built, Padiham is a lot like the burnley FC no ambition Mikeee47
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5:53pm Thu 3 Jan 13

pwitch says...

The comment that Santander have pulled out of Padiham is not correct - Santander are now in what was Bradford and Bingley, which was taken over by the Abbey National then taken over by Santander. Obviously there was no need for two of the same bank premises.
I could never understand why Tesco got permission to build the giant store in Padiham and I always use the Coop.
The comment that Santander have pulled out of Padiham is not correct - Santander are now in what was Bradford and Bingley, which was taken over by the Abbey National then taken over by Santander. Obviously there was no need for two of the same bank premises. I could never understand why Tesco got permission to build the giant store in Padiham and I always use the Coop. pwitch
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6:02pm Thu 3 Jan 13

BIGGLESTOE says...

How about this for ambition, a specialist HisnHers extra long neck adornments shop, because my Man Bra shop idea has sagged down to the kneecaps recently!
How about this for ambition, a specialist HisnHers extra long neck adornments shop, because my Man Bra shop idea has sagged down to the kneecaps recently! BIGGLESTOE
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6:03pm Thu 3 Jan 13

darwenTower says...

Mikeee47, tesco will supply your demands adequately until they no longer need to.

In areas where they have a complete monopoly like some parts of Scotland the prices soon start to shoot up.
Mikeee47, tesco will supply your demands adequately until they no longer need to. In areas where they have a complete monopoly like some parts of Scotland the prices soon start to shoot up. darwenTower
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6:49pm Thu 3 Jan 13

shytalk says...

Paddy i am...Enough said.
Paddy i am...Enough said. shytalk
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7:18pm Thu 3 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

Welcome tesco:
I don't live. Padiham however I would like to welcome you
All these shops that complain are just speaking to for them selves protecting there own interests.
I couldn't give a **** if the local, shops go belly up the most important thing is the residents getting value for money.
Welcome tesco: I don't live. Padiham however I would like to welcome you All these shops that complain are just speaking to for them selves protecting there own interests. I couldn't give a **** if the local, shops go belly up the most important thing is the residents getting value for money. 2 for 5p
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11:01pm Thu 3 Jan 13

rumblesteveskin says...

I can't understand all these moaning minnies, Tesco paid for the whizzkid Tony ( AFitzgerald@burnley.
gov.uk
07794089245) to sort things out and also give council shed loads of money for a nice shiny sculpture like shuttlecock in Nelson, Padihams not Burnley you know, you cant expect miracles, you shud be happy with your lot an stop grumbling.
I can't understand all these moaning minnies, Tesco paid for the whizzkid Tony ( AFitzgerald@burnley. gov.uk 07794089245) to sort things out and also give council shed loads of money for a nice shiny sculpture like shuttlecock in Nelson, Padihams not Burnley you know, you cant expect miracles, you shud be happy with your lot an stop grumbling. rumblesteveskin
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11:01pm Thu 3 Jan 13

rumblesteveskin says...

I can't understand all these moaning minnies, Tesco paid for the whizzkid Tony ( AFitzgerald@burnley.
gov.uk
07794089245) to sort things out and also give council shed loads of money for a nice shiny sculpture like shuttlecock in Nelson, Padihams not Burnley you know, you cant expect miracles, you shud be happy with your lot an stop grumbling.
I can't understand all these moaning minnies, Tesco paid for the whizzkid Tony ( AFitzgerald@burnley. gov.uk 07794089245) to sort things out and also give council shed loads of money for a nice shiny sculpture like shuttlecock in Nelson, Padihams not Burnley you know, you cant expect miracles, you shud be happy with your lot an stop grumbling. rumblesteveskin
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11:03pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Sajdin says...

Town Centre, in Padiham? When did that happen?
Town Centre, in Padiham? When did that happen? Sajdin
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9:46am Fri 4 Jan 13

hi everyone says...

if town center shops could compete with price more would shop but they cant welcome to Tesco easy free parking cheaper prices that and online shopping and banking you don't even need to leave your house
if town center shops could compete with price more would shop but they cant welcome to Tesco easy free parking cheaper prices that and online shopping and banking you don't even need to leave your house hi everyone
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