Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be giving you more information on the ideas that are going forward to the ‘How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?’ GeoVation Showcase. Today, you can find out more about Charting the Coldspot and Sustaination. If you’d like to see the ideas pitch for a share of £115,000 in funding at Ordnance Survey on 20 June- sign up for your free ticket.
‘Charting the Cold-spot’ wishes to solve the problem of ‘Loss of the High Street’, first at local level in the city of Peterborough, then spreading this solution to the rest of the UK. The scale of the problem in Peterborough is it has a 14.7% vacancy rate compared to the national average of 14.5%. Peterborough’s high street is a conservation and heritage area and the only one amongst 29 in the UK that is considered at risk due to the vacancy rate. The empty shop units and lack of culture, night-time activity and lack of vibrancy found in Peterborough’s central commercial area has led to vandalism and also it being considered in decline.