Ashford and Brighton have been chosen to become one of 15 new Portas Pilot towns, after being chosen in the second round of bids.
They beat around 400 towns to be selected by the Government to become one of retail guru Mary Portas’ pilot high streets, which will see the town centre benefit from invaluable support, advice and extra funding.
The chosen towns get a share of a £1.5million funding pot.
£100,000 from government will also be match funded by an additional £100,000 from contributions through the planning agreements to revitalise the Town Centre.
Staff at John Lewis and Waitrose have had their bonus cut for the first time in three years because of the recession. The employee-owned firm is paying its 75,000 staff 14% of salary in bonus compared with 18% last year.