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.
Five areas in the east aregetting a share of £10million of government funding to boost their high streets.
After a review into the state of our shopping areas by TV star Mary Portas, Northampton, Ipswich, Stevenage, Uttlesford district - which includes Saffron Walden and Stansted – and Luton will get a £100,000 each.