High streets to get extra cash

Another 15 town centres are to be given extra cash for regeneration projects following a review by retail queen Mary Portas, local government minister Grant Shapps said today.

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What are Portas Pilot towns?

Retail expert Mary Portas with David Cameron Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

The towns received a portion of a £1.2m cash pot and a tailored support package.

Each location is now benefiting from a tailored package of support from both local government minister Grant Shapps and retail guru Mary Portas.

The second wave of Portas Pilots will see 15 more town centres entitled to a share of £1.5 million for regeneration projects.

Some 370 applications were made following a report by Portas into the state of the country's high streets.

Those not selected will be able to bid for a share of a £5.5 million pot for individual projects.


Portas scheme 'not enough to save high-streets'

There are now a record 23,406 empty shops in town centres alone but ministers are still failing to grasp the seriousness of the situation.

This Government's failed economic policy and double-dip recession made in Downing Street is clearly damaging high streets across the country and short-term schemes like this will not be enough to save them.

– Shadow planning minister Roberta Blackman-Woods


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