submits second bid to become Portas Pilot town
has submitted its second bid to become a Portas Pilot town and
win a share of regeneration funding.
Government Minister Grant Shapps - who is the Governments
lead on Mary Portas' plans to revive the countrys high streets
- announced in May
that Burnham was not among the first 12 towns across the UK to
be selected in round one.
then, Burnham's Town Team has fine-tuned its application and,
after several weeks work, submitted its second bid by Friday's
Milner Simonds from the Town Team told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Sunday:
"The opportunity to be a Portas Pilot is a chance to do something
meaningful in Burnham-On-Sea before it is too late."
are not interested in racing others to the bottom of 'deprivation
indices' we are proud, we believe in Burnham. We hope that
the Department for Communities and Local Government who are judging
the bids will recognise this and join with us in making it better,
have buckets (and spades) full of ideas and need some assistance
in galvanising them into long-term, sustainable changes."
Town team hope to hear back by the end of July as to whether they
have been successful and in the meantime continue to work hard
on bringing some elements of the plan to fruition.
groups have been formed to look at subjects ranging from creating
new apprenticeships and boosting tourism to introducing 'Sandy
Sundays' to encourage more visitors to Burnham. Other proposals
include a new 'meet and greet' scheme for visitors, a sea wall
and shop shutter art scheme and encouraging the sale of more 'Made
in Burnham' products.
next Town Team meeting is at 6.30pm in The Pizey Room at The Princess
Theatre this Thursday, 5th July when all will be welcome.
Top, Burnham Town Team's Bev Milner Simonds and Ben Metcalfe in
the town centre and, above, shopping guru Mary Portas