BRC helps retailers have their say on transport policy

08 February, 2008

The British Retail Consortium is to offer advice to retailers on how they can influence transport policy in their area.

A guide called the Retail Toolkit for Improving Town Centre Accessibility will be sent out to thousands of small retailers this month to ensure trade isn't adversely affected if councils decide to make changes to public transport and parking in the area.

Ed Cooke, BRC head of transport and property said in order to make "well thought-out decisions" councils needed retailers to tell them their views too.

“By not getting involved in town centre proposals, retailers risk changes, which harm their businesses, without them even realising they are happening,” he said.

The guide sets out a series of probing questions retailers can put to councils on issues such as lack of parking and loading bays close to shops and how to respond to consultations.

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