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Bedminster benefitting from Mary Portas

East Street and Bedminster Parade. Credit: ITV News West Country

Bedminster in Bristol is one of only two 'Portas Pilot' towns to see the benefits of joining the scheme.

Ten areas have seen a fall in the number of occupied shop units, according to a report.

The towns were awarded a share of the £1.2million High Street Innovation Fund, launched a year ago, as well as government support and access to retail guru Mary Portas following her review of the sector.

Mary Portas visits Bristol: full report

The retail expert Mary Portas has been in the Bedminster area of Bristol today to see how her scheme has helped revive the local economy.

Last year it was chosen as a so-called "Portas Pilot" ahead of hundreds of other places.

The aim of the project was to breathe new life into ailing High Streets.

Nine months on, what effect has she had?

Bob Constantine has been finding out: