Buxton won’t be left behind - Government promises

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BUXTON has missed out on the chance to become a Portas Pilot town for the second time - but the Government has promised those towns who were unsuccessful will not be left behind.

Fifteen new Portas Pilots were named by Local Government Minister Grant Shapps yesterday (Wednesday), with Buxton not one of those chosen to receive a share of funding plus Government support to revive the town.

However, Mr Shapps has urged MPs from the 392 Town Teams not chosen to come forward and sign a national pledge to become a Town Team Partner - enabling access to a package of support - worth £5.5 million nationwide - for their own town.

He said: “I’d like to congratulate the 15 town teams that, in the face of stiff competition, have been selected to be the next Portas Pilots. But this is just the tip of the iceberg, and I’m determined that we don’t turn our backs on the other 392 Town Teams.

“That’s why I’m calling on these communities, led by their MPs, to put themselves forward once again to become Town Team Partners. Each one that applies will benefit from a package of support to refine their plans and get the help and advice they need to bring their town centres back to life.

“I don’t want to lose the incredible momentum and I want to know that no town is left behind after such an enthusiastic and imaginative response to Mary Portas’s review. So alongside the 27 Portas Pilots across the country, these Town Team Partners will also be able to revive their high streets and make them the beating hearts of their communities once again.”