Caerphilly County Borough Council has promised to support the county borough’s three principal towns of Caerphilly, Blackwood and Bargoed with a new strategy focussing on town centre management.
Councillor Ron Davies, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This new strategy sets out the principles and vision for the future of town centre management.
“The document will be at the forefront of a product portfolio to help attract further investment into town centres and to give a clear signal of their importance to both the community and visitors to the area.
“Promoting our town centres is a priority for Caerphilly county borough council and we are working hard to protect the local economy, especially during this difficult economic climate.”
The strategy, called ‘Town Centres – Unique Places’ aims to put local town centres at the heart of the community with council help for the retail and service sectors.
The council’s Town Centre Development Manager, Andrew Highway, said town centres play an increasingly important role to residents.
He said: “Every town centre is unique and combines a diverse offer of shops and services in an environment that tells the story of a community.
“The attraction of a town’s distinctive architecture, public art and landmarks can add value to the shopping experience and it is these qualities that make our town centres unique places.
“This model of town centre management has been widely recognised by councils and town centre partnerships in other areas of the UK as an example of best practice in town centre management.”