Residents are urged to take part in survey

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Councillors in Northumberland are urging residents to take part in an online survey and give their views to help shape a town centre.

West Bedlington Town Council is currently working alongside Action for Market Towns (AMT) on a Bedlington Benchmarking Project.

Benchmarking has been conducted by AMT in more than 120 towns across the country and involves capturing data on 12 areas within town centres such as retail offering, footfall, car parking, business confidence, shopper origin and town centre user views.

Assistant town clerk Steven Young said: “Once the town centre has been reviewed, AMT will provide the council with a comprehensive report highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of Bedlington town centre, how it could be improved, examples of good practice and how the town fares against other towns of a similar type from across England and Wales.

“In the past, benchmarking has been used to understand how town centres operate, plan and develop regeneration initiatives, measure the impact of developments and as an evidence base to attract funding.

“Whether you are a frequent user or someone who rarely visits Bedlington, we would like to know your views – both positive and negative.”

The council is encouraging as many users of the town centre to put forward their views by completing the online benchmarking survey, which can be found at