Work is starting to transform the centre of Market Rasen after the town was chosen to pilot retail expert Mary Portas' ideas to revamp our high streets. The Lincolnshire town has been awarded £100,000 from a pot of £1.2m of government cash.
Sara Scott from the Market Rasen Business Improvement Group helped to coordinate the bid for the Portas Pilot funding. She and the rest of the group say they were over the moon to hear they had been successful.
Traders in Market Rasen have already decided how they will use the £100,000 from the Mary Portas scheme to improve the town centre. They want to clean up buildings, repaint the rendered walls, and introduce a regular Saturday market. They will be holding talks this week to fine tune the details.
In March of this year the Business Improvement Group put together a transformation plan which formed part of their application. After getting together for a discussion they also came up with an action plan for what specific problems needed tackling.
Traders in Market Rasen worked together to form a Business Improvement Group to put together their application to be a Portas Pilot town. As part of that bid they produced this video which was mentioned by Mary Portas on Twitter.