for Burnham's bid for a slice of £1m Mary Portas town funding
bid for a share of a £1million cash injection to improve
the town centre was given a boost on Monday night (March 5th)
when the town council gave its backing to the proposal.
The council is supporting Burnham Chamber of Trade's application
for cash from a government scheme overseen by TV personality and
retail guru Mary Portas, pictured.
town councillors - Helen Groves, Kate Lawson and Pauline Pollard
- will be working with the Chamber on compiling the bid before
the end of March deadline.
Turco, speaking on behalf of Burnham Chamber of Trade at Monday's
meeting, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are happy to have the
backing of the town council but still need more businesses, landlords
and representatives of groups to come forward to join the team
town which we are setting up."
team is to comprise traders, shoppers, landlords, local authorities,
residents and community groups - and more volunteers are urgently
needed to come forward and show their support.
Burnham is up against scores of other towns across the country
- including Chard, Wellington, Taunton and Wincanton in Somerset
- all bidding for the chance to resuscitate their faltering high
pot is to be shared out between 12 towns and successful bids can
receive up to £100,000 plus the benefit of expertise.
The 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.
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