Portas pilots

Mary PortasTowns including Margate, Stockport and Croydon have just been allocated £100,000 each and with the help of the Government’s “’High Street Tsar’ Mary Portas, they will use the money to liven up derelict shops, start new markets and advertise shopping areas.

More then 370 towns bid for the money and as part of the bid they had to include a brief demonstrating what they would use the money for 12 towns were then chosen by the Department for Local Government. This initiative comes after the review conducted by Ms Portas which was commissioned by the Government, which recommended a variety of initiatives to boost the high street including disincentives for landlords that leave shops empty.

Amongst the winning bids, Margate in Kent intends to put education and enjoyment at the heart of the town centre’s transformation with courses, “job club” services and pop up shops.
Ms Portas said: “I’ve been deeply touched by both the quality and creativity of the bids and the momentum Britain’s first town teams have generated in just a few short weeks.  It is now clearer to me than ever that Britain wants its town centres revitalised and the energy and accountability for that needs to rest with the people who live and do business there.”
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