Be honest, how often do you use the notice boards in town? Are they useful to local residents or purely for visitors to find their way around? Do you think that they could be improved?
The town has seven notice boards (yes seven), each with a town map and a shopping map and some community information. The time has come to re-evaluate where we go with these. Wallingford had significant funding last year to install and create town notice board – wayfinders if you like.
Shopping maps are always a difficult proposition as they become almost immediately out of date, sometimes as soon as they leave the proverbial printing press. In most cases, towns usually produce a shopping guide as a leaflet that is distributed to local residents. Debates rage about the content, whether it should be supplemented by advertising, whether it should include phone numbers or email addresses. All of this takes time, resources and money – and again it is out of date as soon as...
The Henley Guide has started to address some of gaps in information. However, it would be good to have an updated business map for the town. Our thinking at the moment is as follows:
- Update the existing business town map for the notice board
- Create a simple leaflet that is based on the map that could be distributed at the riverside to encourage people to migrate from the riverside into the town for shopping, eating and drinking.
Our debates at the moment are as follows:
- How often does the information get refreshed?
- Is there a way of putting together the map by stylising the different streets rather than listing all occupants?
- Is there any link to social media that could offer updates in the period before the graphic is refreshed, where appropriate?
Let us know your thoughts.