Young people and business owners are being invited to have their say to shape plans that will bring benefits for the future of King’s Lynn as part of the Town Deal.

Lynn was named as one of the first 101 towns in England selected for the government’s £3.6 billion Towns Fund last year.

A survey has been launched asking 16 to 25-year-olds what they would like to see in the town, and a consultation is also open for existing and future small businesses on potential pop-up shops.

The Young People Survey asks 16 to 25s to share their thoughts on what they’d like to see in the town, what they think is missing, and their views on career opportunities in Lynn at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/72MFRQQ

Everyone who fills in the survey can enter  a prize draw to win £50 in shopping vouchers.

Chairman of the Town Deal Board Graham Purkins said: “We have such a huge opportunity with the Town Deal funding to bring significant improvements to King’s Lynn – and we want these improvements to benefit everyone.

“Which is why we need to hear from young people in the area, to understand what matters to them, what they would like to see, and what could be better so our plans can reflect their needs.

“If you’re aged 16 to 25, please do spare just a few minutes to tell us what you think. We are listening.”

Business owners, people thinking of setting up on their own, or individuals who are looking to turn a hobby into their career are being asked to share their thoughts on pop-up spaces at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7CQ8NJX

They are asked to think about what type of facilities they might need from a pop-up space and more generally, what business support they would welcome. 

Vicky Etheridge, manager of Discover King’s Lynn said: “The research that we’ve carried out through Vision King’s Lynn over the last few years, and from the BID’s own work with businesses in the town, has revealed a real interest in, and appetite for, pop-up spaces.

“We know that pop-ups are a great way of giving small businesses a launch pad to trade and thrive and so we are really keen to look at what we can offer here in King’s Lynn.

“But we need help from businesses and potential traders to tell us what they need, what they think and what they would like. Whether you’re in business now or thinking of setting up, we want to hear from you –please do have your say.”

Mr Purkins added: “We’ve placed feedback and engagement at the heart of developing the Town Investment Plan and the Town Deal projects. We are now getting into the detail of what we will do and by working together through consultation such as this we can shape plans that meet the needs and reflect the views of local people and businesses.”

The closing date for both surveys is 5pm on Sunday, October 24.