The man with no name get 100 per cent support
September 12, 2007
FOLLOWING the news Wokingham could be losing its town centre manager, we sent reporters Rose Harland and Nicola Nokes to ask shoppers what they thought about the role.
We asked people if they knew Wokingham had a town centre manager and how vital the position is for the town.
Margaret Munro, 52, manager of the Big Apple entertainment centre, knew Wokingham employs a town centre manager, although she was not able to name him.
She said it is helpful to have someone who keeps in close contact with all the shops and facilities to deal with collective problems.
Jennie Harper, 29, of Brookside, who works at Boots in Wokingham, had also heard of the town centre manager, although she did not know his name.
She said it is beneficial to the town to have a centre manager to help bring more trade into town.
Sam Granger, 19, a ceiling and wall partitioner from Wokingham, did not know about the town centre manager.
He said having one could be helpful to the town, though, to keep it in order and bring in business.
Semi-retired shop worker Valerie Searle, 61, from Bracknell said she had not heard of the town centre manager but thought he would definitely be beneficial as it is important business is brought to the town centre.
Michael Levin, a 58-year-old from Crowthorne who works at the Ravenswood Village Home for people with Learning disabilities, said he didn’t know Wokingham had a town centre manager, but having one would certainly be worthwhile.
He said he had heard the town centre was not a very nice place to be in the evening for the older generation, and a town centre manager would be needed to improve these kind of problems.
Mrs Sharp, 80, of Oakey Drive, was not aware Wokingham had a town centre manager.
But she believes the role could benefit the town.
Mrs Sharp said the town centre would attract more business if the existing buildings were ‘smartened up’, rather than redeveloped.