The need for better management of cities and towns in the UK has been highlighted by competition from large out-of-town shopping centres, and by the contrast between the "high street" and in-town enclosed shopping centres. To this end, the Association of Town Centre Management (TCM) was founded at a conference in Reading in 1991. This guide explains the purpose behind TCM, i.e., the programme by which public authorities, private sector interests and voluntary organizations aim to improve the standard of facilities, environment, convenience and safety in town centres. TCM is an area of growing importance, and this guide intends to offer assistance to surveyors who may be requested to support a TCM scheme in an advisory, practical or representative capacity. The book also provides comprehensive information about the steps necessary for interested parties - which may include the local authority, a High Street Traders' Association, the police and local residents, amongst others - to establish their own TCM group.
Other features of the book include: support and guidance for surveyors to become involved in the evolution of towns, both at consultqancy and management levels; being of use to any group or individual, private or public, with an interest in the quality of life and success of their town centre; and key concepts explained in a jargon-free style, providing easy access for all levels of interest and experience. The book includes information on the following, town centre and audit plan - in terms of understanding the needs of the town - its required development, managerial responsibilities, promotion and monitoring, with the objective being to draw up an action plan; the role of the local authority, with particular attention to securing the wholehearted commitment of the local authority and the reasons for this; town centre management group, in terms of the stages of formation and responsibilities of the group; funding, covering the main areas of funding for town centre management; town centre management schemes, including case studies demonstrating the experiences and success of established TCM schemes.