Malton and Norton Business in Action: Chairman’s Report for 2009:
Our principal objective is the promotion of retail trade in Malton and Norton.
This year we are facing many challenges. The main risk is that to the jobs of our customers without whom we have no trade.
But we should look at the recession as an opportunity. Our customers may be more inclined to shop locally and this is a theme that is to be developed this year as you will hear later. The District Council is investing substantially in Public Realm improvements in Malton town centre at present and we the businesses can contribute with cosmetic improvements to our premises both inside and out.
We now have a Sainsbury Local which should help encourage shoppers to the town.
We have assisted in or organised several activities in the last year. In no order these have been - re-publishing a Malton and Norton Trail; Prepared and distributed Shopping leaflets for Malton which are to be reprinted this year. We are shortly going to produce a shopping leaflet for Norton. New signs to Wentworth Street have been erected guiding visitors to Town Parking. The town website at Maltonandnorton.com continues to be developed and is our main line of communication with members and the outside world. Thanks to Simon and Malcolm Chalk.
We have continued discussion with the District on a number of issues. At this time last year The Chief executive and the Leader of the Council ask us to say what business saw as the three main issues which the Council could help with. We replied to them -
1. Lack of inexpensive car parking
2. Ensuring a thriving Saturday and Farmers Market.
3. To increase Tourism.
To date we have not had a full reply nor has any help in these areas been put forward.
Besides this we have contributed to a number of issues raised by the district Council. We have been a party to the development of the alternative proposal for the relocation of the livestock market and the suggestion of A64 access from Broughton Road. As well as servicing Residential development it would give easy access to the Showfield industrial estate and the school. Through traffic would be removed from the towns peripheral streets.
We are developing strategies to improve town with the Malton town council. One of which Mike Skehan will tell us about later. It is good to see both town councils becoming more active in community affairs
I very much regret that we do not have much contact with colleagues in Norton.
We have a very good relationship with the local media including the Gazette, the Mercury, Minster and BBC radio stations. Particularly the Gazette who always find time and space to mention our activities.
Our finances are strong but do not enable us to mount significant promotions without seeking contributions from those who will get a benefit.
Our thanks go to The Old Lodge for allowing us to hold our meetings without charge.
Thank you to all those who have contributed time and resources to help the Group and myself in the past year.
We look forward to the next year which promises to see important changes to our towns. The presentations to be made shortly will I hope receive your support.