Chamber Chat with Brendan Hughes
As well as being a Chamber Director, I am also a Director of Morecambe Business Improvement District (BID) and I am on the Morecambe PubWatch committee, so I speak with some experience when I say Morecambe has a busy day and night-time hospitality economy. Roughly 30% of BID levy payers come from that sector, which is a large proportion of the BID zone`s employees relying on the sector to reopen.
The government has put forward outline plans to start to reopen this sector from the 4th July 2020, although the plans haven’t been finalised and no further guidance is out, the sector is starting to prepare to reopen.
Following a national campaign, Morecambe BID and PubWatch are working with Lancaster City Council to see if there is a way to relax the on-street drinking laws in Morecambe. This will help venues without beer gardens start to trade and assist restaurants with a small seating area spread out. This is one of the stimuli that must be done to help this sector locally, more importantly, it will help get all those employees back to work before furlough is curtailed.
Although this sounds new, this is something the BID board has been working on for several years. If the plans were to be successful, this could mean the night-time closure of the main thoroughfares, to vehicular traffic to allow the free flow of pedestrian traffic.
This would help promote a café culture in the area, that coupled with the gorgeous Morecambe Bay sunsets could be an exciting prospect for Morecambe and increase the offer after people have spent half a day at Eden.
Morecambe BID has also started their shop local campaign with marketing and a fancy shop local Facebook profile frame. If you have been shopping local up to now please continue, whatever the future holds, your local economy needs you!
Stay Local – Shop Local – Stay Safe