Judges to give verdict on Chippy High Street

Chipping Norton High Street. 090714E-C026
Chipping Norton High Street. 090714E-C026

To decide between the finalists of the Great British High Street competition, a team of expert judges will be visiting Chipping Norton next week.

The competition seeks to boost the profile of high streets around the country, ensuring that they remain cornerstones of their respective communities.

Chipping Norton currently sit second in the Market Town category alongside Helmsley in Yorkshire and Colne in Lancashire. Judges will be heading to the Oxfordshire town between 11am and 1pm on Wednesday.

The public poll runs until November 13 and has already recorded 79,000 votes, so members of the public still have the chance to vote, if they have not already done so.

The competition is split into seven categories and if Chipping Norton is deemed a winner then it will have a share of £80,000 prize pool, which includes expert training and tailor made tips from Google’s training taskforce to be shared between the town’s shops, bars and restaurants.

Regarding the judges visit, Chipping Norton bid leader, Shaun Fagan, said: “Our focus will be on showcasing the work we have done to benefit trade, tourism and the broader community. We want to emphasise our holistic nature and unifying role, and show how we harness our rich culture using cutting edge technology and communications.”

It is hoped that winning the competition will improve the footfall of the high street which will have an economic impact as well as boosting town pride.

To cast a vote in the competition visit thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk.