MP signs pledge to boost town centres

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STRUGGLING high streets and town centres across the High Peak have been given a boost by the signing of a new Parliamentary Charter.

Signed by High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, the Charter for Town and City Centres was launched by the All-Party Parliamentary Groups for Markets, Retail and Town Centres at a reception in the House of Commons.

It enjoys cross-party support, with MPs from across the UK backing the initiative, and underlines a commitment to do everything possible to support local business and economic growth in the High Peak by supporting the town centres.

With Mr Bingham signing the charter, town centres in the High Peak have now joined a national campaign which will see policy-makers taking a more active role in rallying support from businesses and the local authority.

Mr Bingham said: “I’m delighted to have signed the charter and commit to doing everything possible to help town centres in the High Peak.”

The pledge comes weeks after Buxton missed out on the chance to become a Portas Pilot town and share a pot of £1 million - plus help and support from Government ministers and shopping guru Mary Portas - to revitalise the high street and town centre.

However, demand for the 12 Portas Pilot towns was so high that a second round has since been announced with bids due to be submitted by June 30. As a previous applicant, Buxton is automatically entered into the second round. A further 12 pilots will be announced at the end of July.