Brighton (London Road), Ashford, Forest Hill and Waterloo are among the recipients of up to £100,000 to improve their high streets. Brighton is looking to tackle antisocial behaviour in order to help realise the London Road area’s full potential and Waterloo plans to set up satellite markets and tackle the number of empty shops in the area.
Mary Portas said, “I am thrilled that communities up and down the country have looked beyond the money and have been mobilised to create ‘town teams’ and demand more for their high streets. Whilst I shall continue to fight for the other 27 ‘recommendations’ in my Review I am looking forward to seeing fifteen more British towns putting their plans into action.”
The winning towns are an eclectic mix of locations and demographics – from market towns to coastal areas to more suburban places – and with a wide range of income levels. The 15 towns just announced are in addition to the 12 Portas Pilots from the first round of the review.