Night time economy survey
An online survey of the night time economy in St Albans and Harpenden is being undertaken by St Albans City and District Council.
The aim of the initiative is to find ways to increase the number of people who use local businesses between the hours of 5.00pm and 2.00am.
These include shops, cafes, restaurants, clubs, pubs and cultural venues such as the Alban Arena.
Another goal is to ensure that night time facilities and services are provided in a safe and welcoming environment.
Anyone who contributes to the night time economy in the District is invited to complete an online survey which asks for their views on key issues.
The survey will help to identify any issues of concern and look to see if there is a demand for later shop closing hours.
Its findings will go before the Council’s Night Time Economy Task and Finish Group where the results will be studied before an action plan is devised.
The Group’s recommendations will then be examined by the Community, Environment and Leisure Scrutiny Committee.
Task and Finish Group Chairman, Councillor Malachy Pakenham, said: “St Albans and Harpenden have thriving night time economies. People enjoy the restaurants, bars and entertainment venues which provide a considerable amount of employment.
“We can’t be complacent, though, and we want to hear from people about how these services can be improved in the coming years.
“This is an important piece of work and we want people to help us generate an effective action plan by taking part in the survey and giving us their views.
“If we are going to make improvements, we need to know what people want and what concerns they may have.”
The survey can be filled in online and is open until 14 July. To take part, go to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/night_time_economy