Hungerford – A great English destination town

on 14 January 2014.

Agriculture – a career opportunity for Hungerford’s young people? MP Richard Benyon with some hard working pedigree Herefords.

“Hungerford has a timeless quality that is essentially very English – it is like an idyllic town created for TV – except, of course it is very real,” says our MP, Richard Benyon

In the first of our interviews with Richard, Hungerford Townsite asked him about his views of Hungerford.

“ It has always been a thriving town with a wonderful streetscape. Its High Street is a unique blend of shops, businesses and residential which all adds to the town’s special vibrancy for visitors and tourists.

“Visitors soon discover that there is much more to Hungerford than they might think. More than antiques, the town has fascinating specialist shops and restaurants – and it all sits in some of the most beautiful countryside.

Design Statement

“The streetscape is Hungerford’s lifeblood and there is a design statement which applies to the quality of new development and the refurbishment of existing buildings but I believe that any future development plans for Hungerford is a matter where the voice of local opinion must be heard,

“The High Street mix has a unique atmosphere and we need to keep that feeling of being special whilst understanding that visitors demand choice and balance in their retail experiences here. There is always a risk of any High Street becoming filled with charity shops and financial services and although these are important to any town, Hungerford has to be aware that it doesn’t have to be a slave to fashion and has to stay confident in its special position.”

Concerns for the Future

“One of my worries for Hungerford is that the town’s young people can continue to afford to live and work in in the town,” says Richard.

“In a way Hungerford is a victim of its own success. It is located in an area of strong economic growth and has many innovative, successful and buoyant businesses (as Hungerford Townsite will continue to feature) plus a lot of varied commerce in, for instance, agriculture and equestrian sectors.

“As the economy strengthens and confidence increases it is my hope that the town will be able to create the opportunities for young people to continue to be Hungerford Generations – educated, working and living in the town.”

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