Derbyshire go for Portas cash – sadly her purse isn’t big enough.

High streets in Derbyshire could be set for a major boost if a bid for funding from the Government’s Mary Portas-inspired retail revitalisation programme is successful.

Local authorities are being invited to set up ‘town teams’, to demonstrate their vision for the future, and bid for £100,000 to give their high streets a shot in the arm.

The programme follows an independent review of town centres by retail expert Mary Portas, where she challenged local leaders to come up with innovative schemes to re-establish high streets as the place to be, for local people and visitors alike.

Derbyshire’s bid, submitted by the Derbyshire Economic Partnership and conceived by Derbyshire County Council, is called ‘One Shop Derbyshire’.

If the bid is successful, One Shop Derbyshire will be piloted in four towns – and work closely with existing town teams to help build a more resilient retail sector across Derbyshire’s market towns.

A four minute amateur video has been submitted as part of the One Shop Derbyshire bid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zHEoc4wlK0.

Perhaps the starting point to a revitalised retail environment is for landlords of empty properties to be forced to cap rents ie make rents realistic!

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2 Responses to Derbyshire go for Portas cash – sadly her purse isn’t big enough.

  1. I think the Portas Pilot scheme is fantastic. There are only a few £100,000 prizes to be won but the videos I have seen seem to be a great way of channelling community energy into a plan which can be carried out whether the Portas money is won or not. It’s so obvious that its shocking it took the Portas Review to bring it forward

  2. Reblogged this on AshbourneVoice and commented:
    As Derbyshire Dales District Council and Ashbourne seem uninterested and haven’t put anything together for either round of the bidding. Well done Derbyshire County Council for their bid with One Shop Derbyshire. In the Ashbourne Economic Assessment the direct comparison was made with five other market towns – Bovey Tracey, Brecon, Barnard Castle, Ludlow and Hexham. Here’s Barnard Castle’s bid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4V-zodD2UE . We were also most similar to Totnes, Launceston, Crediton and Newtown. Here’s Totnes’s fightback http://www.transitiontowntotnes.org/2012/06/transition-town-totnes-bulletin-june-2012/ and here’s a Newtown resident’s despair http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyXs7TuB6qI

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