Buxton misses out on Portas funding

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BUXTON has missed out on the chance to become a “Portas Pilot” and a share of £1 million Government funding.

On Saturday, it was announced that a bid by civic leaders to become one of 12 Portas Pilots - towns which will test out some of the recommendations made by Mary Portas in a government commissioned report aimed at reviving the country’s high streets and town centres - had been unsuccessful.

Towns which were chosen, which include Stockport, Croydon in London and Market Rasen in Lincolnshire, will now share £1.2 million and a tailored package of support from both Local Government Minister Grant Shapps and retail guru Mary Portas.

Over 370 applications to become a Portas Pilot town were received and the Government have now announced there will be a second round of the competition with a further 12 pilots announced by the end of July.

Applicants who were unsuccessful in the first round do not need to re-apply but they can sharpen up their bids and re-submit them by June 30.

* If you were Mary Portas what would you suggest the town’s retailers do?

* How important do you think it is for Buxton to be successful in the Portas Pilot scheme?

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