second Portas bid is rejected but funding hopes remain
hopes of becoming a Portas Pilot town, securing vital regeneration
funding have been dashed for a second time, it was announced today
(Wednesday, July 25th) - however the town could still gain government
Local Government Minister Grant Shapps - who is the Governments
lead on Mary Portas' plans to revive the countrys high streets
- has announced that Burnham is not among the second wave of 15
towns to be selected.
the town could gain Government financial help from a new £5.5million
package to revive high streets across the UK. Mr Shapps
has said that towns like Burnham that have not been selected to
be Portas Pilots should not be left behind and the new 'Town Team
Partner' scheme is being launched to provide help on regenerating
Alex Turco from Burnham's Town Team told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We
are very disappointed not to have been selected for a second time.
The quality of our bid was very high and it would have delivered
significant benefits for Burnham."
delivery can carry on, but this decision makes it more difficult.
The Town Team has done lots to galavanise the support of local
businesses and the community to identify potential benefits. Several
sub-groups have been formed to take this work forward and we will
be re-grouping shortly."
added that Burnham would be interested in hearing more about the
new Town Team Partner scheme.
Town Team has also recently submitted £322,000 of recommendations
for town centre regeneration - to be funded by Tesco community
funding - as reported here
and is waiting to hear from Sedgemoor District Council on whether
the proposals are taken forward.
15 towns successful in the second round of Portas Pilots are Ashford,
Berwick, Braintree, Brighton (London Road), Hatfield, Leamington
(Old Town), Liverpool (Lodge Lane), London Borough of Lambeth,
London Borough of Lewisham, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Loughborough,
Lowestoft, Morecambe, Rotherham and Tiverton.
Minister Grant Shapps said: "Today Id like to congratulate
the 15 town teams that, in the face of stiff competition, have
been selected to be the next Portas Pilots. But this is just the
tip of the iceberg, and Im determined that we dont
turn our backs on the other 392 Town Teams who put their plans
forward to revive their high streets."
"Thats why Im calling on these communities,
led by their MPs, to put themselves forward once again to become
Town Team Partners. Each one that applies will benefit from a
package of support to refine their plans and get the help and
advice they need to bring their town centres back to life."
"I dont want to lose the incredible momentum and I
want to know that no town is left behind after such an enthusiastic
and imaginative response to Mary Portass review. So alongside
the 27 Portas Pilots across the country, these Town Team Partners
will also be able to revive their high streets and make them the
beating hearts of their communities once again."
Mary Portas added: "I am thrilled that communities up and
down the country have looked beyond the money and have been mobilised
to create Town Teams and demand more for their high streets. Whilst
I shall continue to fight for the other 27 recommendations in
my Review am looking forward to seeing fifteen more British towns
putting their plans into action."
was announced in May
that Burnham had missed in round one of the Portas scheme, but
Burnham's Town Team (pictured) fine-tuned its application and
submitted its second bid at the end of June.
The next Town Team meeting is at 6.30pm in The Pizey Room at The
Princess Theatre on August 9th when all will be welcome.
Top, Burnham Town Team had high hopes of being selected in round
two and, above, shopping guru Mary Portas