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.
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Becoming drier by this evening with the chance of a late sunny spell.
The Chief Executive of Southend United has told ITV News Anglia that his players deserved to win promotion to League One at Wembley.
Some sunny intervals are possible initially this morning but cloud and patchy rain will gradually sweep in as the day goes on.