History & heritage. #highstreet.
Out & about in Monmouth with #TheVacantShopsAcademy and thinking – not for the first time in a place – about how those two elements work together.
There’s sometimes a perspective that the first is for visitors, the other for residents, that there is little or no cross over, and even that there’s conflict between the needs of the local population and ‘tourists’. Is the challenge then how best to connect them so they are a draw for both audiences and share the benefits…?
It’s not always easy – especially in places where the ‘visitor attractions’ are away from the town centre – but it feels like a valuable win if we can pull it off.