‘We can’t afford to be left behind’

Buxton Pavillion Arts Centre played host to 2020 Vision, The Buxton Conference.
Buxton Pavillion Arts Centre played host to 2020 Vision, The Buxton Conference.

Buxton can’t afford to be left behind in the race for more tourists, Buxton Town Team heard at its general meeting.

Other tourist towns are working hard to develop projects to attract more visitors and Buxton needs to keep up, a report into last month’s 2020 Vision: Buxton Conference concluded.

Parking and a traffic management policy which would make Buxton a better place to visit was top of the list of five priorities to come out of the analysis of the conference, jointly organised with Vision Buxton, which saw 20 organisations give their vision for how the town should develop over the next five years.

The other priorities are: making the most of The Crescent redevelopment; a future for the area around the railway station including the former Nestle site; boosting retail outlets, and improving the Market Place, including proposals for community use of the former Royal British Legion headquarters.

“I’m conscious that a lot of other towns are doing great stuff on tourism at the moment,” said team member Tina Heathcote, who hoped the town would build on BBC political reporter Nick Robinson’s description of Buxton as “The Tuscany of the North.”

“There’s a lot of competition from them for people to come and visit. We really should avoid getting left behind.”

To see the full report of the conference, visit buxtontownteam.org.

The meeting also heard that membership had now grown to 200, and that the popular Spring Fair this year would be double the size of the first event in 2013.