Framlingham Compete to become a 'Portas Pilot' with a share of £1 million.
16th March 2012
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Mary Portas and the Government are hoping to rejuvenate town centres which have taken a battering due to out of town shopping centres, buying online and negative growth in the economy.

The retail guru is now involved in a scheme called Portas Pilots which will enable 12 struggling towns and cities to benefit from a share of £1million to vamp up their ailing High Streets.

Framlingham, Leiston, Saxmundham and Aldeburgh are all hoping to be one of the chosen 12. Business leaders from the four towns have been working together for some time under the umbrella of The Heritage Coast Market Towns Initiative (HCMTI).

There are a number of other towns in the region who are interested including Stowmarket, Halesworth, Lowestoft, Diss and Thetford.  They will also be applying for a share in the million.

Applicants will have to demonstrate that they have been implementing recommendations from Mary Portas's High Street Review which was recently published.  Mary Portas herself said:

"I want the first twelve Town Teams to challenge the old ways of working, experiment, take risks, and reaffirm their place at the heart of the community."

"A place we all want to be, and can be, proud of."

Portas Pilot

Click above to visit the official Mary Portas site where there is more information on the scheme.

The closing date for the applications is Friday, March 30. Successful bids are expected to be announced in May.


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