The Secretary of State has thrown his support behind Market Rasen’s campaign to save its high street.
In an exclusive response to the concerns of the town’s high street traders, the Rt Hon Eric Pickles requested ChrisTurner, spokesman for local growth and regeneration in the department of Communities and Local Government, to offer a word of encouragement and help.
And he invited Market Rasen to make a bid to become a ‘Portas Pilot’ – and become one of 12 towns in the UK to benefit from a share of £1 million to turn around their local high street.
Mr Turner said Market Rasen had already taken the first steps towards regaining prosperity by forming its Neighbourhood Community Plan group.
He said: “As you will be aware, Mary Portas was asked by the Prime Minister to conduct an independent review into the future of the High Street. Her report was presented to the Government in December last year and it contained a number of recommendations.
“At the heart of her report, she wants the management of High Streets to match the best out of town shopping centres. This would involve local authorities, business and local people working together, and her recommendations are about making this easier.
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