Town Centres APPG

First Registered: 24/11/2016 • Last updated on: 06/10/2021

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To promote parliamentary and public understanding of the importance of high streets, town centres and city centres in order to build environments that are healthy, sustainable and socially inclusive.

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Recent Documents related to Town Centres

1. Future High Streets Fund
03/09/2019 - Parliamentary Research

Found: Fund is worth £1 billion and will support 100 town centres in England. What can the Fund be used for?

2. The High Street Report
20/12/2018 - Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
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Found: Streets Task Force 9Creating a single voice for town centres 9Sharing data 9Facilitating networks and building

3. Timpson says a locally-driven approach needed to rejuvenate high streets
20/12/2018 - Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
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Found: and industry UK economy High streets and town centres Press release Timpson

4. Rural transport, travel and accessibility statistics
24/10/2019 - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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Found: employment centres, primary and secondary schools, further education colleges, GPs, hospitals, town centres

5. Rural transport, travel and accessibility statistics
24/10/2019 - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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Found: for centres of employment (concentrations of jobs) in both rural areas (5.1 centres ) and

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Town Centres

1. High Streets and Town Centres in 2030
13/06/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: Local Government Committee, High Streets and town centres in 2030, HC 1010, and the Government response - Speech Link
2: Local Government Committee, High Streets and town centres in 2030, HC 1010, and the Government response - Speech Link

2. Non-Domestic Rating (Designated Area) Regulations 2021
24/02/2021 - Lords Chamber

1: want to press him about the wider plight of our town centres, as I did last month. Their decline has been - Speech Link

3. The Future of the High Street
10/12/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: our commitment to support our high streets and town centres in the weeks and months ahead. I am personally - Speech Link
2: Each of the 101 towns selected to work towards a town deal has received accelerated funding dependent - Speech Link

4. Retail Strategy
10/07/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: online banking, online retail and edge-of-town and out-of-town shopping, the high street has seen a radical - Speech Link
2: Some 74,000 retail jobs were lost in 2018, and the town centre vacancy rate in April 2019 was 10.2%—the - Speech Link
3: Committee, which is called “High streets and town centres in 2030”. As we have heard today, many such - Speech Link

5. Covid-19: High Street Retailers
02/07/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: well as £96 million to accelerate investment in town centres and high streets through the Towns Fund this - Speech Link
2: My Lords, small avenues of shops close to town centres and in estates have always had a difficult trading - Speech Link
3: announced £96 million to accelerate investment in town centres through the Towns Fund. This will provide all - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Town Centres
1. Town Twinning
asked by: Lord Jones of Cheltenham
28/02/2018
...To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to assess the impact of the UK leaving the EU on existing and possible future twinning arrangements between towns and villages.

2. Shrewsbury Town Council: Shropshire Council
asked by: Daniel Kawczynski
13/07/2020
... if he will make a financial assessment of the effect on value for money for the public purse of merging Shrewsbury Town Council with Shropshire Unitary Authority.

3. Shrewsbury Town Football Club
asked by: Kevin Brennan
11/06/2018
... when (a) he and (b) Ministers of his Department last met representatives of Shrewsbury Town FC to discuss safe standing; and what issues were discussed at that meeting.

4. Detention Centres
asked by: Baroness Hamwee
15/03/2021
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the role of Detention Gatekeepers in immigration removal centres.

5. Children's Centres
asked by: Tulip Siddiq
11/03/2021
... in what year the first children’s centre was converted into a children’s centre linked site.

Latest Questions
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5 Current APPG Officers
Douglas Chapman Portrait
Douglas Chapman
Vice Chair
Scottish National Party - Dunfermline and West Fife
Joined: 4th November 2020
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Stephen Hammond MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 3401.

Email: stephen.hammond.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Ojay McDonald, Association of Town and City Management, PO Box 242, Westerham TN16 9EU. Tel: 07976 636 038

Email: ojay.mcdonald@atcm.org

Group's Website:

https://www.atcm.org/APPG-for-Town-Centres

No benefits in kind are on record for the Town Centres APPG

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Town Centres APPG

Former APPG Officers
Jim McMahon Portrait
Jim McMahon
Chair & Registered Contact
Labour (Co-op) - Oldham West and Royton
Joined: 24th November 2016
Departed: 5th November 2019
Lord Goddard of Stockport Portrait
Lord Goddard of Stockport
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 24th November 2016
Departed: 5th November 2019
Alex Chalk Portrait
Alex Chalk
Vice Chair
Conservative - Cheltenham
Joined: 29th August 2018
Departed: 5th November 2019
Stephen Lloyd Portrait
Stephen Lloyd
Officer
Liberal Democrat - Former Member for Eastbourne
Joined: 29th August 2018
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Richard Burden Portrait
Richard Burden
Officer
Labour - Former Member for Birmingham, Northfield
Joined: 29th August 2018
Departed: 11th September 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Rebecca Pow Portrait
Rebecca Pow
Officer
Conservative - Taunton Deane
Joined: 29th August 2018
Departed: 11th September 2019
1 APPG Membership
Rowing
Andrea Jenkyns Portrait
Andrea Jenkyns
Vice Chair
Conservative - Morley and Outwood
Joined: 24th November 2016
Departed: 2nd May 2017
3 APPG Memberships
Italy , Music , Social Mobility
Michelle Donelan Portrait
Michelle Donelan
Vice Chair
Conservative - Chippenham
Joined: 24th November 2016
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships