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.

What are Portas Pilot towns?

Twelve town centres across the country were named as Portas Pilots earlier this year in an attempt to rejuventate high street shopping.

Mary Portas
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.

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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

High streets get £5.5m under Mary Portas plan

  • 15 town centres will be 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.

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