English High Streets share £1.2m pot
Twelve High Streets across England will share a £1.2m pot of government funding to rejuvinate recession-hit shopping centres, under a new scheme led by retail expert Mary Portas.
"Town Teams" in areas, including Wolverhampton, Stockport and Croydon will try out ideas proposed by Ms Portas in her Government-commissioned High Street review.
Housing minister Grant Shapps said a further 15 'Portas Pilots' would be announced by the end of July.
"Some of the ideas for town centres are things which are obvious, like don’t price out people from being able to park in the town, because the competition is almost certainly an out of town shopping centre which probably doesn’t charge, or the internet which definitely doesn’t charge for parking," he told the Today programme
"I think actually what this has done, the whole Portas Pilot process, has kind of been the catalyst for 371 different applications from towns around the country. So I’m announcing this first round of 12 winners today, actually I’m also announcing today we’re going to hear a further round of another 15 winners by the end of July."