A NEW ‘parklet’ has been built in High Wycombe as part of a huge project to brighten up and improve the town centre for a post-Covid world.

The mini seating area installed at Frogmoor will offer a safe and green place for shoppers to relax while in the town centre supporting local businesses.

It has been partly funded by the new High Wycombe Community Board.

Meanwhile, High Wycombe BIDCo has also been working with talented artist Dan Wilson to bring shop windows and seating areas to life with new designs and paint jobs.

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Free WiFi is also being launched in the town centre, as well as a new website promoting the town’s heritage, news and upcoming events.

New footfall sensors have also been installed to measure how many shoppers are visiting the area.

And despite the doom and gloom surrounding the second lockdown, Christmas is not cancelled - because a giant cinema screen is popping up by the Frogmoor parklet from December 17 to December 23.

The ‘Festive Film Club’ will be screening two Christmas classics each day at 12noon and 2pm, featuring all the greats including Elf, Polar Express, Home Alone and more.

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Screenings will be free and there will be limited socially distanced seating available.

And on December 19, the Guildhall will place host to a special ‘Spin and Win’ festive wheel of fortune from 11am to 4pm.

Shoppers can try their luck to win Christmas goodies - and all you need to do is show a receipt from a town centre shop or restaurant from that day to take a spin.

Chief executive of HWBidCo Melanie Williams said: “As with any major town across the UK, High Wycombe’s recovery from the impact of the pandemic is going to take time, but by taking the first positive steps we’re optimistic in distancing ourself from any long-term doom and gloom.

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“Throughout the year we’ve worked closely with many of our independent retailers to develop a robust ‘recovery plan’, which we’re now putting into action.

“With the installation of new town centre spaces and facilities we are starting to recognise a brighter future ahead, which, not only appealing to visitors, is of imperative support to our retailers who’ll benefit from the increase in footfall and engagement from the public.”