The South Lanes Project is transforming Colchester’s lanes into a vibrant social and commercial hub.
Once a month is Thursday Night Lanes, a community event mixing late night retail with in-store events like tasting menus and themed nights, with street entertainment and live music.
The project encourages ‘clustering’, getting neighboring stores to collaborate around special deals, and ‘daisy-chaining’ where small businesses recommend another shop or service to customers. ‘Stronger together’ is the mantra. Other initiatives include hosting open community gatherings, a community tidy up programme and ensuring the area is wheelchair accessible.
Future plans include developing a ‘hyper local’ cryptocurrency, introducing a ‘plastic-free pledge’ for businesses and liaising closely with the council on the use of empty units.