Market Rasen starts Portas pilot

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.

Development cash for Market Rasen

Work to transform Market Rasen's high street is stepping up a gear after it became one of the first so-called Portas Pilots.

£100,000 will be spent putting in place ideas from retail expert Mary Portas to regenerate the town centre.

Beauty salon owner Beverley Farrow and Rob Jacques who runs a handware store are two traders who have been working with other businesses to come up with ideas to improve Market Rasen.

They've been sharing their reasons for getting involved and their hopes for the future now the bid for funding has been successful.

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Market Rasen spells out improvement plans

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.

Work starts to transform Market Rasen

Traders in Market Rasen are starting work on revamping their town centre after it was awarded a share of £1.2m of government cash, set aside to regenerate high streets.

The Lincolnshire town is one of 12 chosen to pilot ideas put forward by the retail expert Mary Portas. 370 other places applied.

New regular markets are planned as well as a big clean up of the town centre and better coordination between shops over their opening hours.

Businesses hope they will be able to get more people shopping in the town and more businesses setting up there.

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