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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