Burnham-On-Sea awaits Portas Pilot bid announcement on Saturday
will find out this weekend whether it has won a share of £1m
and been successful in its bid to become a Portas Pilot town.
long-awaited announcement will be made on Saturday by MP Grant
Shapps, who is the Governments lead on Mary Portas' plans
to revive the countrys high streets.
total of 12 towns will be chosen from more than 300 applicants
across the UK. Each winning town will get a share of a £1m
pot to improve their shopping districts - roughly £100,000
Shapps revealed the date of the announcement via Twitter, saying:
"Addressed three All Party Parliamentary Groups this afternoon
to let them know Ive now selected the first 12 Portas Pilots.
Announcement on Sat!"
application for £99,000 was submitted with a video and over
200 pledges of support from local groups and people just before
the deadline in March after several weeks' work by the recently-formed
bid outlined how the money would be spent in Burnham to meet a
'vision' of modernising the town and helping it become a thriving
is competing against dozens of other towns across the country
who are all bidding for the chance to resuscitate their faltering
high streets with the help of cash from the government scheme
led by retail guru Mary Portas, above.
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 as shoppers head to out-of-town superstores
and increasingly shop online.