Town team goes for gold in high street competition

Regeneration manager Alison Jennings has put Braintree up for the award - pictured with councillors and traders

Regeneration manager Alison Jennings has put Braintree up for the award - pictured with councillors and traders

First published in North Essex by , Reporter

Braintree is in the running to win up to £50,000 in prize money based on the quality of the town’s High Street.

Braintree Town Team has applied to compete for the Great British High Street award, which recognises the work the group has done to promote and invest in the town’s shopping centre.

If successful, Braintree, which has been entered into the market town category, will share the £50,000 amongst winners from the other categories, including city centre, town centre, coastal community, local shopping centre and village.

The town team has not yet discussed what the prize money would be spent on.

See this week's Braintree and Witham Times for the full story.

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6:10pm Wed 27 Aug 14

davedubya says...

Hopefully the judging panel are big fans of estate agents, charity shops and nail bars.
Hopefully the judging panel are big fans of estate agents, charity shops and nail bars. davedubya
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7:37pm Wed 27 Aug 14

bluemax77 says...

If they think Braintree High Street is a shining example of thriving commercial commerce then these people's delusions are far worse than I thought possible.
If they think Braintree High Street is a shining example of thriving commercial commerce then these people's delusions are far worse than I thought possible. bluemax77
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9:19pm Wed 27 Aug 14

redhead123 says...

Don't knock it. As a Braintree resident who is currently touring by pushbike in the US, we have a lot of shops and facilities that other towns can only dream of. Braintree is largely clean, has a low crime rate, has shops that attract a variety of customers, and has shops that I actually want to use. We need to talk up our town, and get on and spend our money there if we want it to survive.
Don't knock it. As a Braintree resident who is currently touring by pushbike in the US, we have a lot of shops and facilities that other towns can only dream of. Braintree is largely clean, has a low crime rate, has shops that attract a variety of customers, and has shops that I actually want to use. We need to talk up our town, and get on and spend our money there if we want it to survive. redhead123
  • Score: 3

11:48pm Wed 27 Aug 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Let's face it............

With £50k to be shared amongst the winners of the six categories, the Market Town winner seems hardly likely to come away with much more than £8k.

We haven't been told how many other UK Market Towns have 'thrown their hat in the ring' but if only half of them are in the running the odds against Braintree winning will kick off at getting on for almost 500 to 1 to begin with!

Optimism is a wonderful thing!
Let's face it............ With £50k to be shared amongst the winners of the six categories, the Market Town winner seems hardly likely to come away with much more than £8k. We haven't been told how many other UK Market Towns have 'thrown their hat in the ring' but if only half of them are in the running the odds against Braintree winning will kick off at getting on for almost 500 to 1 to begin with! Optimism is a wonderful thing! OMPITA [Intl]
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6:59am Thu 28 Aug 14

pierre-pierre says...

you forgot the pubs (and empty pubs), and eateries and coffee house

one butchers, just changed hands, no wet fish shop, no greengrocers
you forgot the pubs (and empty pubs), and eateries and coffee house one butchers, just changed hands, no wet fish shop, no greengrocers pierre-pierre
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4:25pm Fri 29 Aug 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Greengrocers? Newsagents, too. Feed stores. Hardware store. Cobblers. Smithy. Coopers ... all missing.

There are *two* shops within three minutes of one another that provide a far greater range of vegetables and fruit year-round than the likes of Cloughtons could even imagine. Slap-bang in the middle of town. Can you guess their names?

Still, nostalgia's not what it used to be, eh?
Greengrocers? Newsagents, too. Feed stores. Hardware store. Cobblers. Smithy. Coopers ... all missing. There are *two* shops within three minutes of one another that provide a far greater range of vegetables and fruit year-round than the likes of Cloughtons could even imagine. Slap-bang in the middle of town. Can you guess their names? Still, nostalgia's not what it used to be, eh? /@|_|@\
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