Burnham's bid for a slice of £1m Mary Portas town centre
leaders in Burnham-On-Sea have this week issued a rallying call
for support in a bid to secure a share of a £1million cash
injection to boost the town centre.
Burnham Chamber of Trade is considering competing for funding
from a government scheme spearheaded by TV personality Mary Portas,
who is known as the 'queen of shops'.
They will be up against scores of other towns across the country
who are bidding for the chance to resuscitate their faltering
The pot is to be shared out between 12 towns and successful bids
can receive up to £100,000 plus the benefit of expertise.
town team is to be formed representing traders, shoppers, landlords,
local authorities, residents and community groups - and volunteers
are urgently needed to come forward and show their support.
Chamber of Trade Chairman Rhonda Mills told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We will do whatever it takes to make sure our town centre
is fit for the future and would very much welcome the financial
"We want to work with local groups and businesses on a joint
approach to further improve our town centre and attract more visitors."
fund, made up of government cash, is one of a series of ideas
put forward by Mary Portas in an effort to halt the decline of
British high streets across the UK as shoppers head to out-of-town
superstores and shop online.
"To be successful, we need the support of a wide cross-section
of traders, groups and shoppers in the town, so we need letters
of interest," added Rhonda.
Those interested in joining the town team should contact the Chamber
of Trade by sending a letter to Sea Breeze Art Gallery at 37 Victoria
Street, Burnham or by emailing the chamber's secretary, Jonathan
Walter, here before
We reported here
last year that Burnham-On-Sea's Chamber Of Trade had given
its support to Mary Portas' nationwide campaign to raise the profile
of high street when she outlined almost 30 proposals to give town
centres across the UK a much-needed boost during the economic