Million Pound Funding Pot to Revamp High Streets Could Help Helston

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By Em_Williams | Saturday, February 04, 2012, 22:00

Over the past few months Helston has seen a number of shops close their doors. While new businesses are also opening, the general feeling is that more needs to be done to reinvigorate the town and attract more shoppers. Help in doing that could be at hand.

The Government has today launched a scheme to help revamp high streets in England. Towns are being invited to bid for a share of one million pounds in funding.  Those selected will also receive help and support from a dedicated team including retail guru Mary Portas, who recently made a number of recommendations to the Government on how to bring the heart back into Britain's high streets. Twelve areas will be picked to take part in the so-called 'Portas Pilot' and wouldn't it be great if Helston were one of them?

To be in the running Helston would need to form a town-team made up of key players in the local community, such as the council, local landlords, shopkeepers and the local MP. A video application would then need to be submitted by the end of March outlining ideas of how to improve our town centre.

Local Government Minister Grant Shapps says: "Our high streets have faced stiff competition from Internet shopping, and out-of-town shopping centres - leaving them underused, unloved and under-valued. The Internet is not going to go away, and so for our high streets to survive they need to offer something new and exciting. Today I'm offering a golden ticket to 12 town centres across the country to become 'Portas Pilots' - areas with the vision and enthusiasm to breathe new life into what should be the beating heart of their communities, and they will get Mary's and my support as they try out the ideas in her recent review."

The deadline for entries is 30th March so if Helston's to submit a bid there isn't much time to lose. More details on the scheme and how to enter can be found by clicking here.

Hands up those who want to take part....




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    That's great news! Not that nobody has been in contact, that's not so great, but that something is in motion! Look forward to hearing more about it.

    By Em_Williams at 14:51 on 14/03/12

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    Good morning

    I have not heard from anyone yet following my last post, which is a little disappointing. However, I am pleased to say that Helston's bid to become one of the ten 'Portas Pilots' is well under way. I will explain more in my blog next week.



    By JRadfordGaby at 10:44 on 14/03/12

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    Did you send an email to the Councillor that answered your post with his email address.

    If you didnt, you can hardly expect any action.

    Some of the councillors are very active and actually work for the benefit of the town.

    Other like the idiot mayor couldnt care less about whether the town falls apart or not. As long as he gets his £12000 a year allowance paid for from the council tax, then the rest of the unimportant people can get stuffed.

    Unless of course you are either a very important person or a mason.

    By MWALIMUMIKE at 23:48 on 04/03/12

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    Any word on whether the application has been put through yet?

    By Babalu Films at 15:35 on 02/03/12

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    Good afternoon

    I did not receive any email from you (I would have replied had I done so), but am more than happy to look at getting involved with the production of a bid for a slice of the action for Helston. Also, we have a new town centre manager as of this week, and I'm sure he would help, too.

    My email address is Please get in touch with me directly.

    Look forward to hearing from you.


    Jonathan Radford-Gaby

    By JRadfordGaby at 14:41 on 15/02/12

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