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It was meant to revitalise our high streets, but one year on, is the 1.2 million pound Portas Pilot Scheme delivering?
Twelve towns, 3 in our region, Bedford, Lowestoft and Braintree - were the first to get a slice of Government cash, but its emerged that many aren't showing clear signs of improvement. Now retail experts are warning that 20 percent of our shops could disappear in the next 5 years.
Matthew Hudson reports.