Professor Cathy Parker was interviewed by BBC Wales this week about regeneration in Wales and the role of Business Improvement Districts in place transformation, in the UK and beyond.

The headline focused on Cathy’s quote about city centre regeneration not ‘trickling out’ to surrounding towns. Over half the population in England and Wales live in towns (ONS), but successive governments have put investment into cities, with the hope that any uplift in the economy trickles out into surrounding towns.

The focus of the interview was Rhyl. The Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation describes the town as a “hard-pressed community”. It is in 10 most deprived areas in Wales in terms of Income, Employment, and Health domains. It also lies within the 10% most deprived areas in terms of Education, Housing and Community Safety.


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