There have been several initiatives of late to 'boost the town':
Including from the local MP:
Futures Forum: How to revive the health of Sidmouth's high street > East Devon MP's survey results
Futures Forum: How to revive the health of Sidmouth's high street > "MP vows to take town's high street woes to Government - and calls for future vision"
And local businesses:
Futures Forum: New Woolbrook tearoom 'to provide a community hot spot'
Futures Forum: How to revive the health of high streets > businesses thriving on Temple Street
There are lots of ideas out there:
Futures Forum: How to revive the health of high streets > focus on bringing back jobs and leisure activity to town centres
Futures Forum: Street trading, street markets and the High Street
Futures Forum: An idea for improving Sidmouth: making the town more pedestrian friendly: press report
Futures Forum: Is turning shops into homes the best way to save our high streets?
Futures Forum: Restoring vibrancy to our High Streets > thinking the unthinkable
Futures Forum: Is turning shops into homes the best way to save our high streets? >>> "Deregulation in pursuit of numbers"
Futures Forum: "Use libraries to revitalise high streets"
Sidmouth businesses have been meeting to look at some of these:
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