May 27, 2012 BBC
Twelve English High Streets – from Cornwall to Northumberland – will share a £1.2m pot of government cash to rejuvenate shopping areas.
“Town teams” in areas including Liskeard and Newbiggin-by-the-Sea will try out ideas proposed by retail guru Mary Portas in her High Street review.
Portas, who will make a TV programme about the 12, said she was “deeply touched” by the “creativity” of bids. Fifteen more “Portas pilot” areas will be selected later this year.
“It is now clearer to me than ever that Britain wants its town centres revitalised and the energy and accountability for that needs to rest with the people who live and do business there,” Portas said.
Minister of State for Communities and Local Government Grant Shapps, meanwhile, said the competition had “captured the imagination of the nation with communities across the country uniting to support their High Streets”.
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