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Portas Pilots Part Two: A closer look

The second round of Portas Pilots was announced yesterday with 15 towns being given a share of a £1.5m pot to help rejuvenate their high streets. Drapers takes a closer look at which towns have been chosen and what their Town Teams plan to do with the money.

  • Ashford’s Town Team will use its local market to attract people back to the high street by offering new stall-holders the opportunity to have a ‘stall for a tenner’.
  • Berwick will work with local builders and other businesses to give its high street a much-needed facelift.
  • Braintree will provide mentoring support to the high number of independent shops in the area.
  • Brighton (London Road) will encourage retailers to work together to tackle vandalism and crime to help realise the area’s full potential.
  • Hatfield will look beyond retail to provide community and event facilities to encourage more visitors to the high street.
  • Leamington (Old Town) plans to focus its efforts on tackling the high vacancy rate in the high street and encourage new businesses to the area.
  • Liverpool (Lodge Lane) will help aspiring young entrepreneurs in the community by offering a mentoring service.
  • Waterloo – Lower Marsh and the Cut (London Borough of Lambeth) plans to set up satellite markets and tackle the high number of empty shops in the area.
  • Forest Hill, Kirkdale and Sydenham (London Borough of Lewisham) plans to renovate 12 empty premises and improve signage in the local area.
  • Chrisp Street, Watney Market, Roman Road (London Borough of Tower Hamlets) will use exploit its high visitor numbers to run a series of public information programmes.
  • Loughborough plans to involve students from Loughborough University to reinvigorate its high street and encourage budding business owners to consider setting up locally.
  • Lowestoft will create a Town ‘group’ discount scheme to attract local people, and establish a mentoring scheme in conjunction with schools, colleges and retailers.
  • Morecambe will set up a community café to provide advice and support for those looking to take up business opportunities.
  • Rotherham will launch a publicity campaign to highlight the unique nature of the high street and encourage people to ‘shop local’.
  • Tiverton plans to improve parking facilities to encourage more visitors and tourists to the town centre.

Readers' comments (1)

  • what happened to Margate? Or was that in another group.
    This is going to be good telly.
    Nothing wrong with London Rd in Brighton though..why do they need help?

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